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Zakharova slams US establishment’s ‘deplorable’ efforts to censor social media

TASS | September 7, 2018

MOSCOW – Russia considers the US establishment’s efforts to wield pressure on social media to be deplorable, said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at a briefing on Friday.

“Divulging information on all blocked accounts should be a crucial step here, and apart from the names of accounts, reasons must also be furnished as to why they were blocked,” she said. “Amid continuous statements about Russia it would be curious to learn who is hiding all the time behind the name ‘Russia’ in these fake accounts.”

“Due to the global aspect of the problem, we view the US administration’s efforts to exert pressure on social media as deplorable,” the diplomat stressed. “Russia supports professional discourse, not a call on the carpet or demands to report on what was done for the US to remain ‘the only global superpower.’”

“This problem should be discussed globally,” she said

Facebook earlier deleted 652 accounts, groups and pages for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” in this social media and apps for sharing photos and videos with Instagram elements. Facebook stated on August 21 that part of these actions were linked to Iran and Russia and that the deleted accounts, groups and pages could be linked to sources that the US government had earlier identified as Russian military intelligence services.

On July 31, Facebook stated that it managed to uncover new attempts to exert political pressure through publishing reports on fake pages ahead of the midterm election to the US Congress.

September 9, 2018 - Posted by | Full Spectrum Dominance, Russophobia |


  1. Maybe Russian could Start their own Internet, to counter the dominance of ‘Western Influence'(and Censorship). After all, people in the West have access to “Russia Today” and “Press TV”(Iran). We need diversity in the World today, to counter ‘The New World Order’……

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 9, 2018 | Reply

  2. Straightforward, succinct reporting by TASS. Disclosure: as a Japanophile (through marriage), I watch NGN, Nippon Golden Network , the Japanese-government-affiliated network, nearly nightly, and increasingly, on my cable TV system; its fare in news of the day, cultural and other endeavors is invariably excellent and educational (and in perfect English voiced over Japanese speakers — helpful for comprehension, but not good for my faltering, inadequate oral-Japanese-language capability).

    Why is it not possible, if Facebook worries about deleterious, national-security-related coverage by RT et al, for it to insert an up-front, single-line cautionary note such as “Facebook, based on USG indicators, advises subscribers/viewers to be duly discriminating in the process of their learning and comprehension of material presented on this site. Caveat emptor.”? Y’know, just so as not to censor out the material completely.

    Comment by roberthstiver | September 9, 2018 | Reply

  3. Openly declaring why accounts are blocked arises in ethical and moral obligations to ‘fair play’ and would give away the foundations of deceptions. To admit why things are being censored poses an existential threat to a house of cards.

    We must realize that the usual suspects have no intention of playing by rules of fair play.

    Comment by rediscover911com | September 9, 2018 | Reply

  4. Richard Edmondson’s Fig Trees and Vineyards website is another of the casualties of censorship. Gone.

    Comment by rediscover911com | September 9, 2018 | Reply

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