Facebook stops advertising in Russia. It will pause ads targeting people in the country and will no longer allow advertisers in Russia to “create or display ads anywhere in the world, including in Russia,” the company announced Friday. The actions mark a major escalation of its actions against the country and could help prevent Russian misinformation about the invasion of Ukraine from appearing in Facebook ads.
Russia began a complete blocking of Facebook from Meta in the country earlier on Friday, preventing many Russians from posting to social media during the crisis. “As a result of the Russian government’s decision to block access to Facebook in the Russian Federation, millions of ordinary Russians will soon be cut off from reliable information, deprived of their day-to-day ways to connect with family and friends, and silenced to speak out. Facebook said on its page it would catalog its response to the invasion. The bloc can also prevent Russians protesting the war from posting to the social network.
Facebook’s decision late Friday follows similar moves from Google, Twitter and Snapchat, all of which have suspended ads in Russia.