Facebook Bends to Pressure to Block Page Supporting Political Critic

December 21, 2014 7:41 PM

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Facebook Bends to Pressure to Block Page Supporting Political Critic

Facebook has bent to pressure from Russia to block a page supporting political critic, Alexei Navalny. Russian users have been prevented from accessing the page which was created on Friday to gather support for a demonstration on Jan. 15. Prior to access being removed, over 12,000 people had signed up to the Facebook event page called “Public gathering to discuss the verdict.”

Facebook’s action has been seen by critics as a sign of the company’s new limitation in being able to provide platforms for political opposition movements. The social media platform was applauded in 2011 for its ability to be used to share information during the Arab Spring movement. It was also use...

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