Photo above: Facebook CEO/founder Mark Zuckerberg shaking hands with Putin’s BFF, ex-president and current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
After Sony pulled The Interview, one would assume that media companies would think twice before caving to a rogue state’s leader’s demands. Not so! Mark Zuckerberg, the unelected leader of the 1.3 billion people on the virtual societal sphere Facebook, has removed the page of Russia’s dissident, Alexy Navalny, at the behest of Vladimir Putin, the autocratic leader of the 130 million Russians. Bloomberg reports:
The blocking of a Facebook Inc. (FB) page promoting a Russian opposition rally highlights the challenges the social network faces as President Vladimir Putin cracks down on the Internet amid a looming economic downturn. Facebook agreed to block the page at the request of communications regulator Roskomnadzor, Vadim Ampelonskiy, a spokesman for the Russian agency, said today. The watchdog is seeking to prevent access to further Facebook pages that call for mass protests, as well as similar posts on other social networks, including VKontakte and Twitter, he said. A Facebook representative declined to comment. The moves come as Russia, on the brink of its first recession since 2009, has been tightening controls amid an international standoff over the Ukraine conflict.
FB, grow some balls. Market-share is not more important than “open societies,” as Zuckerberg once said:
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