Facebook Page for Russia Rally Blocked as Putin Tightens Control

December 23, 2014 9:15 AM

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The blocking of a Facebook Inc. (FB:US) page promoting a Russian opposition rally highlights the challenges the social network faces in the country as President Vladimir Putin seeks more control over the Web.

Facebook agreed to block the page at the request of Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor, Vadim Ampelonskiy, a spokesman for the agency, said today. The watchdog asks social media to shut access to websites calling for mass protest and extremism, Ampelonskiy said. A Facebook representative ...

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