Disinfo: Facebook will start hunting Russians


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 RussiaFacebook is a project of the Soros Foundation, financed by National Security AgencyFacebook is in the service of the US State Department.




  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Facebook, Censorship, Mark Zuckerberg, Freedom of speech


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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