Russia blocks Facebook, Twitter, bans criticism of war in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law into effect on Friday that will mean heavy fines and up to 15 years’ imprisonment for spreading false information about the country’s armed forces. The news comes amid a sweeping crackdown on media freedoms in Russia as the Kremlin seeks to ensure that its version of the war on Ukraine is the one to reach the Russian public. Moscow also banned Facebook on Friday, after the social media platform blocked the pages of several Russian media outlets, the Roskomnadzor regulator said. In a further step, the Russian regulator also blocked Twitter, afte…

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