“Announcements that the law was coming had already pushed Russian independent media outlets to shut down in recent days, and more followed on Friday,” The Times notes.
Reports from credible sources say Twitter is also now blocked inside Russia:
Meanwhile, the Times adds: Putin has “blocked access inside Russia to the websites of major Russian-language outlets that are based outside the country,” and “Russia’s last major independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, said on Twitter that it was deleting its war content.”
Some technology analysts say Putin won’t stop at Facebook:
With Putin willing to block Facebook and Twitter, he will go after YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and other apps. He will cut off Russians from being able to see the truth and completely control the flow of information online.
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