Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is something we are all aware of and the stress it has caused in the whole region.
We all hope the situation gets better, and during that many countries are banning Russia while social platforms are joining in too.
One of the very famous social Platforms, Reddit has now taken steps to ban untrustworthy news sources from its site, both from an internal and external perspective.
What do you say about this? Did Reddit make the right decision?
What’s your opinion?
The social news aggregator and discussion platform have decided to ban all links to state-run Russian media, specifically RT (formerly Russia Today) and Sputnik, even advertisements from the Russian government.
Reddit says in a post that it is “inactive contact” with its moderators to provide support and resources so they can continue to function without interference.
Previously, Reddit “quarantined” its r/Russia and r/RussiaPolitics subreddits because of misinformation spreading on those sites. It means that those communities will not appear in search results or recommendations from the site.
The company also gave financial assistance to its employees in Russia, who were either dismissed or complained about unfair treatment. Reddit is assisting affected colleagues in Ukraine, providing them with ongoing income payments and housing aid to support their relocation.
In a statement, Reddit says, “While many communities on Reddit already prohibited links to Russian state media outlets like RT, Sputnik and their foreign language affiliates, we have made such restrictions universal across the site in all geographies.”
Similarly, “We will continue not to accept advertisements that target Russia or originate from any Russia-based entity, government or private.”
Have Other social Platforms Banned contact from Russia too?
Apple, Google, Meta, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, and several other tech platforms have already stopped working with state-sponsored news organizations in Russia. Facebook has also expanded a ban on Russian state media outlets, RT and Sputnik – on Facebook and Instagram globally to stop the flow of misinformation as Russian forces make deeper inroads into Ukraine.
Swedish music streaming company Spotify has shut down its office in Russia and content from state-backed media outlets RT and Sputnik were removed from the site. Spotify has removed content from two news sites previously backed by the Russian government from its Russian-language catalog, which was announced this week.
This means that those podcasts and shows will no longer be accessible to users in Russia and instead will be replaced with other content.