In particular, the social network assigned the markings to the Russian Sputnik, RT, RIA Novosti, Iranian Press TV and Chinese Xinhua News. At the same time, Facebook did not mention such state-run media as the BBC and AFP.
At the same time, there is a note that the media is controlled by the state, even on some pages without a blue checkmark indicating account verification, that is, Facebook, not knowing whose page this is, claims to be controlled by the state.
As previously reported, 200 pages will receive markings on the site. At the same time, as stated by the head of the cybersecurity policy department, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook will not mark the American media, “because even state-owned media in the country have editorial independence.”
Marking state-owned media on Facebook divides the global social network into a “media ghetto,” Anton Gorelkin, member of the State Duma’s Committee on Information Policy, told RIA Novosti. The Federation Council Commission for the Protection of State Sovereignty of the Russian Federation analyzes the activities of foreign platforms, including Facebook, which decided to label the publications of state media, the head of the commission, Andrei Klimov, told RIA Novosti.
According to the head of the Union of Journalists of Russia Vladimir Solovyov, labeling state-owned media on Facebook is a violation of the freedom of dissemination of information and political censorship.
The MIA Russia Today, commenting on the start of labeling state-owned media on Facebook, said it was time for governments to take effective measures to regulate the work of this social network and put an end to restrictions on freedom of speech.