Disinfo: The US is ordering Facebook to censor Sputnik’s opinions


Under the guidance of the US political leadership, Facebook is blocking posts on Sputnik pages. Anything that contradicts the directions of the American side is deleted or blocked, as it has happened in the past with (former US President Donald) Trump.

The Facebook administration took the same measures with China and Venezuela in earlier times, due to the political dispute with the American side, despite the fact that these pages did not violate the stated standards.

The US can pressure Facebook to block official websites belonging to the Russian state, especially official news sites, including Sputnik, in order to stop the flow of news that does not comply with American policy.


A pro-Kremlin narrative about the US's alleged media censorship and societal control.

This message is consistent with another broad pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit democratic societies by painting the latter as totalitarian systems that want to persecute anyone who expresses views that are different from the dominant way of thinking.

In fact, the decision by internet companies against former American President Donald Trump is a response to disinformation and crimes that might be contained within the speech itself. A good example is incitement which is what happened when Trump "ordered" his supporters to march to the US Capitol on January 6th 2021.

While several international figures have criticised these moves as a worrying sign of power in the hands of social media platforms, many voices also pointed out that there were multiple reasons for doing it, including preventing further violence and curbing hate speech, which is not protected by freedom of expression.

On the other hand, Sputnik Arabic has made it clear why Facebook took the decision to limit/ban its posting option, as it has “published on 3 January a video clip about the life of slain Iranian General Qassem Soleimani”. The social media giant Facebook has admitted before to censoring posts in support of Soleimani that it says “violate US sanction laws, specifically those related to the US government's designation of the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] and its leadership as a terrorist organisation."

Thus the issue has nothing to do with Sputnik Arabic being a Russian outlet or the US government trying to silence those with whom it has political disagreements, but rather with the outlet having shared content that violated community standards. In this case, content related to the IRGC, included on the US terrorist list.

See other examples in our databases, such as claims that Trump was denied his right to speak; that social media outlets are censoring Trump and everyone who has their own views; that Google and Facebook manipulate information to destroy Russia; or that Facebook is a project of the Soros Foundation, financed by NSA.


  • Reported in: Issue 271
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/01/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Iran, US, Russia
  • Keywords: Donald Trump, social media, Facebook, Freedom of speech, Censorship, Sputnik, Anti-Russian
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Disinfo: The United States intimidates Russia with sanctions

The United States intimidates Russia with sanctions designed to undermine Russia's domestic economy and create a systemic challenge to Russia


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about an aggressive Russophobic policy of sanctions by the US, framing them as unjustified measures against Russia.

The United States has long sought a full and constructive relationship with Russia. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States adopted a bipartisan strategy to facilitate cooperation on global issues and promote foreign investment and trade. The United States supported Russia’s integration into European and global institutions and a deepened bilateral partnership in security cooperation to reinforce the foundations of stability and predictability.

Disinfo: Georgia started the aggression against Russia in 2008

Georgia attacked the republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and Russia was initially accused of initiating the war. In 2009, the International fact-finding mission into those events came to the conclusion that the Georgian authorities started the attack.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative trying to deny any role for Russia in the Russo-Georgian war, portraying it as a peacemaker and blaming Georgia and its political leadership for the war which resulted in the further occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by additional military forces from Russia timed around the 13th anniversary of the conflict.

Georgia is a sovereign country attacked by Russia in 2008. Many international organisations condemned the further occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the CSCE statement here, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia here and the European Parliament's declaration.

Disinfo: The demilitarisation of Central Europe is in the best interest of Poland

A logical look at the Russian proposals allows us to come to a very simple conclusion: these proposals lead to the reduction of tensions in [Central] Europe and to a radical reduction of a risk that Poland may become a theatre of military actions once again in the future. The demilitarisation of Central Europe is in the best Polish interest. This is why Warsaw should make its political return to Europe and give up its “barking”, which has become tiring even for some Anglo-Saxon protectors of the current ruling elite.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO and the US military presence in Europe - it claims that NATO defence activities in Central and Eastern Europe somehow destabilise the security situation in this region.

The ongoing increase of NATO’s military presence in Central and Eastern Europe is a response to the ongoing security crisis taking place in Europe – this situation is a result of the Russian annexation of Crimea and military aggression against Ukraine in Donbas.