Editorial: Tech must stop allowing spread of Russian disinformation

Russia’s decision Friday to block access to Facebook illustrates why the tech industry years ago should have stopped allowing the spread of propaganda and disinformation on its platforms.

The war in Ukraine is hardly the first time that Russian President Vladimir Putin abused the internet to further his goals. The brutality that took place in Syria, Georgia and Crimea should have spurred social media platforms to block Putin’s use of propaganda to justify the invasion of Ukraine.

We acknowledge the tech industry’s desire to ensure Russian users have access to independent information on global affairs. And we have long supported the free flow of information on the internet. But that

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