Russian govt agency threatens to ban Facebook over illegal ads
Media MOSCOW—The Russian federal communications and
media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has threatened to ban Facebook over claims
the social network advertised smoking blends designed to cause effects
similar to those of illegal drugs.
Roskomnadzor spokesman Vladimir Pykov on Thursday said the social
network has been provisionally put on a list of banned Internet sites
and asked it to remove the controversial content within three days.
Pykov said several users had complained that Facebook ads were
advertising illegal products, leading to online stores selling the
Facebook blamed the appearance of the advertisements on a technical glitch.
Later on September 19, Facebook said the controversial ads had been removed.
Under a 2012 law, websites that publish materials propagating the use of
narcotics, child pornography, or suicide are banned in Russia.
The offending website can be blocked if it does not eliminate the problem within three days.Add