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Foreign Ministry castigates Silicon Valley’s arbitrary censorship of Russian media

The diplomatic agency noted that the removal of Russian content had become systemic

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Moscow has raised red flags about US-based big tech’s arbitrary censorship of Russian media, which has recently transformed into a persistent occurrence, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary published Wednesday.

"We share the concerns over the arbitrariness of the global - mostly American - digital platforms against Russian media," the commentary runs.

The Ministry noted that the removal of Russian content had become systemic, comprising "real blatant censorship."

"Through these discriminatory actions by social media monopolists, we see an absolutely clear political subtext, which aims to implement the US government’s foreign policy of displacing those sources of information that provide an alternative view on global events and create competition in the information space for the Western mainstream media," the Ministry said.

Moscow has pledged to keep bringing up these issues at international venues. "We continue to hope that the principles of true democracy and freedom of speech will prevail," the Ministry stressed.

Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, has repeatedly spotlighted the issue of Silicon Valley’s social media censorship. In particular, she has pointed out the political bias of such US-based platforms as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.