Facebook is targeting the Russia-based Internet Research Agency — the "troll factory" that is under indictment for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.
The Kremlin is crying foul on Facebook, accusing the social media giant of censorship after it took down more than 200 pages and accounts that were run by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency — the "troll factory" that is under indictment for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.
When it took down the pages this week, the American company said, "The [Internet Research Agency] has no place on Facebook." The company removed 70 Facebook accounts and 138 pages, along with 65 Instagram accounts and a number of ads. Most of the removed material was in Russian and included commentary on domestic and international events.
On Thursday, Facebook's move came up during a briefing by Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, who was asked whether the U.S. company had gone too far.
"Yes, it is [a manifestation of censorship toward Russian mass media]," Peskov said, quoted by state-run Tass media.
Facebook's move also snared the Russian Federal News Agency, as NPR's Lucian Kim reports from Moscow.