Zucked: RT temporarily suspended on Facebook.

The news outlet RT has been briefly blocked from making news shares or posts on Facebook.

The block was initiated while the Russian-owned, English language news outlet had a Facebook livestream of President Barack Obama’s final press conference. The block was supposed to stand until the 21st of January at 22:35 Moscow time, however, it was lifted a day later. During this time, RT was permitted to post text but could not share their own news content in the form of stories, videos or livestreams.

The block may have come as a result of Facebook registering the stream of Obama’s press conference as being a copyright violation. This is due to the fact that many different news sources stream the same footage and camera angles.

Mainstream media outlets CNN, NBC and CBS similarly had livestreams of the press conference on their respective Facebook pages with no sanction received. While the cause of the sanction to RT is not definitely known, it is worthwhile to note Facebook’s history of suspending pages with conservative or libertarian leanings. In 2016, the pages Occupy Democrats Logic and Being Libertarian were both suspended over what were seen by many news outlets as dubious grounds.

RT has been reporting with a generally pro-Trump angle on stories, likely due to the fact of Trump’s willingness to have good relations with Russia and the Russian government’s ownership of RT. One might suspect that RT’s block may have been due to these facts, especially since the American Left have shown a recent hawkishness towards Russia in light of Trump’s more optimistic attitude on US-Russia relations. The precise reason remains unknown as of yet.



Featured image: 2017, Sputnik news/World

Nicholas Babaya

Nicholas is a Senior Staff Writer at the Rational Standard. He is a Local Coordinator for Students For Liberty as well as an organiser of SAFREECON 2017. He takes great interest in the philosophy underlying classical liberal values as well as the Austrian school of economics. He is currently a student at Rhodes University studying towards a BA in Chinese and German.

3 thoughts on “Zucked: RT temporarily suspended on Facebook.

  • ronaldmunodawafa@live.co.uk'
    19 January 2017 at 21:21 PM

    Facebook is a private organisation and they reserve the right to remove content on their platform regardless of whether the deciding factors are biased or not. If it causes people to lose trust in Facebook and go for alternative social networks, the free market will do what it does best.

    That said, I’m glad no one called on the state to force Facebook to publish what the state decides Facebook can have on its platform.

  • management@gepardissima.co.za'
    30 January 2017 at 00:03 AM

    Surprised ? Well, maybe there are other platforms. The biggest punishment for an enterprise are customers going away !

  • fjkruger@mweb.co.za'
    30 January 2017 at 05:13 AM

    Facebook, Twitter etc now have to start getting concerned about bothering copyright and fake news.


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