MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. The situation concerning Facebook’s move to block a page belonging to one of the RT entities will be resolved, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"It is no secret that unfortunately, unfriendly countries have been using big companies that provide services in the social media area and on other digital platforms in order to put pressure on the Russian media. We have seen it many times," he said. According to Peskov, such actions "lead to a loss of credibility and seriously tarnish the image of these big and rather respected international companies."
While speaking about the recent incident, Peskov said there was no need to rush things. "First, an explanation must be provided. I believe that RT must certainly protect its rights and get an explanation from this company as to what was the reason [for blocking the page]," the Kremlin spokesman pointed out.
"We know that on many occasions, efforts to protect one’s rights resulted in success. I hope this is what will happen this time and RT will succeed in protecting its rights. At least, this is what must be done," he added.
According to the presidential spokesman, the Russian media have recently been facing "unprecedentedly overt and rather blatant" pressure.
RT Chief Editor Margarita Simonyan said earlier that Facebook had blocked a page related to one of the TV channel’s projects dubbed In the Now. The project and several of its affiliates have collected more than 2.5 bln views, RT pointed out, adding that the pages could have been blocked at CNN’s request, which had claimed that they were concealing their links to the Kremlin.