Putin signs law enabling sanctions on Facebook and other U.S. social media that restrict and censor Russian content
By Julio Severo
The power of Facebook, Twitter and other U.S. social media giants is so big that they restricted even posts by President Donald Trump in 2020. In turn, Trump tried to approve measures to restrict the excessive power of these giants, but their efforts were not approved by the U.S. Congress.
That is, Facebook and other U.S. social media giants are more powerful than the U.S. president.
Yet, Russia is reacting against the power of Facebook and other U.S. media platforms that promote Russophobia and restrict and censor Russian content.
According to WND (WorldNetDaily), one of the biggest conservative websites in the world:
“Russia’s Vladimir Putin just punched back against major U.S. social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for prior censorship targeting Russia, including shadow banning and labeling Russian sources like RT News as ‘state media’ while at the same time giving Western state-funded media a free pass.”
Russophobia, or opposition to everything from Russia, is a characteristic of Neocons. When Russia was the Soviet Union, it was correct to restrict its communist content. But now that Russia and its government are more conservative, with strong stances against sodomy and pro-family stances, it does not make sense to censor Russian content. U.S. left-wingers do it. Facebook do it. Neocons do it.
According to WND, Putin approved new legislation “which essentially holds foreign social media companies to their same standards. If a company like YouTube or Twitter, for example, exercises censorship for reasons related to ‘nationality, language, and origin’ the new bill gives Russian authorities the ability to impose punishments or restrictions.”
According to ZeroHedge,
Thus foreign platforms in Russia could face fines, regulated or slowed web traffic, or possibly up to total blockage inside the Russian Federation.
Russian officials and media have long condemned the double standards and clear hypocrisy which seems to single out Russia.
For example neither BBC nor Voice of America come with “state-affiliated” labels; and often Turkish state sources like TRT World or other NATO member state media don’t come with the labels either.
So by all indicators any ally of Washington seems to get a free pass by the US tech and social media giants.
While abortion activists and gay militants get a free pass on Facebook, Twitter and other U.S. platforms, conservatives, especially Christians, are victims of blocks, shadow banning and other acts of virtual violence and censorship.
In my case, for years I have been victim of the infamous 30-day blocks on Facebook, culminating in the termination of my official personal account just before the U.S. election. I have no power to counter Facebook’s virtual dictatorship.
If Russia has a power that I and even Trump have not, Putin and Russians should use it. Facebook and other U.S. censorship platforms should not go unchallenged and unpunished for their virtual violence against conservatives and Christians.
Portuguese version of this article: Putin assina lei que permite sanções contra o Facebook e outras mídias sociais dos EUA que restringem e censuram conteúdo russo
Source: Last Days Watchman
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