Russian state media outlets will no longer be allowed to run advertising or otherwise monetize their content on any platform owned by Meta, the parent of Facebook and Instagram, the company said Friday evening.
Devon Kearns, a Meta spokesperson, clarified to CNN that the policy applies not just to Facebook but to Instagram as well.
On Saturday, Meta published a blog post outlining the steps it has taken to keep Ukrainians safe. The company said it has enabled the ability for Ukrainian users to “lock” their Facebook profiles, preventing strangers from being able to download a person’s profile photo or see the person’s posts. The company also said it is restricting the ability to search through a user’s friends list.
On Instagram, Ukrainian users are being shown notifications reminding them they can make their profiles private, and some users are being reminded about the ability to enable two-factor authentication and other security measures.
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Meta added that it has expanded its regional independent fact-checking efforts and is “working to provide additional financial support to Ukrainian fact-checking partners.”
Ukraine closes borders to Russia and Belarus
Ukraine is closing its borders to Russia and Belarus, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced Saturday evening.
In a video statement posted on Telegram, Shmyhal said beginning Monday, February 28, only Ukrainian citizens will be allowed to cross from Russia and Belarus into Ukraine.