Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin’s biggest critic

In a sign of new limits on Facebook’s ability to serve as a platform for political opposition movements, Russian users appear to have been blocked from accessing a page calling for a protest in support of a prominent dissident.In 2011, Facebook was hailed by opposition movements during the Arab Spring and in Russia as a powerful new tool to spread information beyond the control of repressive governments. That may no longer be the case, at least not in Russia. Russian Internet regulators said Saturday that they had sent Facebook a “demand” that it block access to a page calling for a demonstration in support of Alexei Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
www.washingtonpost.com/world/facebook-blocks-russian-page-supporting-navalny-putins-biggest-critic/2014/12/20/a8c782b8-8877-11e4-abcf-5a3d7b3b20b8_story.htmlAlso see:Facebook should stop cooperating with Russian government censorship
The Washington Post reports that Facebook has complied with a Russian government demand to block access to a page supporting Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny:
www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/21/facebook-should-stop-cooperating-with-russian-government-censorship/Russian Facebook blocks event page for opposition rally [AFP]
Russian Facebook has blocked a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of an opposition politician.On Friday a page for was created for an event on 15 January, the day that Alexei Navalny, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, will hear the verdict in a controversial embezzlement case that could see him sent him to prison for 10 years.

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