The EU imposed sanctions for the first time after the MH17 passenger plane was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014 (without providing any evidence of Russia’s liability). The boycott is aimed at Russian state-owned banks, arms import and export, and the oil and gas industry.
Soon Facebook will follow the example of colleagues on Twitter and begin to flag potentially harmful posts. Mark Zuckerberg is violating freedom of speech and is preparing to introduce an actual censorship of Facebook. Russia should immediately start defending itself against this censorship or otherwise Russian users will be persecuted and every pro-Russian, i.e. problematic opinion will be hushed.
Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracies on social media and the West's alleged censorship. Also consistent with the narrative that Western media are anti-Russian and promote Russophobia. This disinformation narrative is a reaction to Mark Zuckerberg's recent statement, that Facebook will label harmful content. This possible change to Facebook policy is not directed against any particular country. Zuckerberg said that the company will ban ads and remove content, even from a politician, if Facebook determines that it incites violence or suppresses voting. Facebook also became the target of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign earlier this month. On June 4, Facebook announced that it would label media outlets that are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government. In response, pro-Kremlin media exploited the message that Facebook introduced its own censorship against Russia and China. See similar disinformation cases connected to Facebook - Google and Facebook manipulate information to destroy Russia; Facebook is a project of the Soros Foundation, financed by National Security Agency; Facebook is in the service of the US State Department.