Facebook places state media labels on Russian, Iranian and Chinese broadcasters

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Social media giant Facebook will start labelling Russian, Chinese and other state-controlled media organisations, and later this summer block any ads from such outlets that target US users, it said on Thursday.


  • Facebook will soon start labelling state controlled media outlets
  • Amongst those impacted will be Sputnik (Russia), Press TV (Iran) and Xinhua (China)
  • The platform will also block ads from the outlets that target American users

Russia’s Sputnik, Iran’s Press TV and China’s Xinhua News are on the list of organisations that will receive the label from world’s biggest social network.

US news outlets will not be labelled, as the company has determined that even US government-run organisations have editorial independence, said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cyber-security policy, in an interview.

Facebook, which has acknowledged its failure to stop Russian use of its platforms to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, announced broad plans last year to create a state media label.

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