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The Wall Street Journal: Twitter service partly restricted in Russia; state-controlled YouTube blocked


Twitter Inc. said its service was being limited in Russia and that it is trying to keep the social media site accessible to users.

The blockage affected some people, Twitter

said, without providing further details. “We believe people should have free and open access to the Internet, which is particularly important during times of crisis,” Twitter’s public policy account tweeted Saturday morning.

The Russian Embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Social-media platforms have become contentious in the war sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia on Friday said it would begin restricting access to Facebook. Ukraine’s government on Thursday called for the Russian government to be blocked from Twitter. Twitter declined to comment on the tweet. As of Saturday morning, Russia’s Twitter account was still live.

Twitter on Friday said it was temporarily pausing advertisements in Ukraine and Russia to make sure people had access to critical information. Meta Platforms’ Facebook

said it would block Russian state media from running ads or making money from ads shown on its platform.

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