The social platform too TikTok has decided to adhere to the requests of the European Union e blocking Russian state media such as RT and Sputnik. The decision comes after the explicit request of the EU president Ursula von der Leyen and follows similar provisions of Meta e YouTube.
TikTok also bans Russian media RT and Sputnik from the platform
the EU president Ursula von der Leyen he asked bluntly: “We will ban the Kremlin’s media machine in the European Union. Russia Today and Russian state-controlled Sputnik and their subsidiaries will no longer be able to spread their lies to justify Vladimir Putin’s war. We are developing tools to stop their toxic and harmful disinformation in Europe. “
But if the Union was still considering how to implement the ban, tech companies quickly responded to the request. After Meta restricted access to Sputnik and RT links from Facebook and Instagram, the other great social network of the moment also has decided to do the same.
A spokesperson for TikToka Chinese subsidiary of ByteDance Ltd., he explained that the company remained in contact with the European Union and restricted access to media close to the Russian government come Russia Today e Sputnik.
TikTok joins other tech companies that have taken steps to decrease the visibility of news agencies that can do propaganda on behalf of the Kremlin and spreading fake news. Also YouTube it obscures the channels of broadcasters close to Putin and has changed its algorithm to penalize videos with fake news. Is Google that Microsoft they announced measures to avoid disseminating information from the Russian state media.
However, the decision of TikTok was particularly awaited, given that it is the first non-American company to take this step. There russa Telegram, who previously said they wanted to shut down channels talking about the conflict in Ukraine, backed down saying that many users have requested access to the channels’ information.
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