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Backlash Grows Against Ukraine’s Attempts to Block Russian Social Media

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

The Ukrainian government has descended to the Kremlin’s level with its decision to censor Russian-owned social networks and websites, according to human rights advocates.
 
Services such as Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as the popular Yandex search engine have been targeted as part of a Ukrainian cyberspace-blitzkrieg on Russian-controlled content. The order, signed by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, has caused chaos, even barring a widely-used Russian accounting program.
 
Officials in Kiev say the restrictions are needed to fight Russia’s propaganda machine and to prevent its security services from spying on the millions of Ukrainians who use Russian-owned sites.
 
But by resorting to internet censorship, Kiev is “emulating Russia’s repression” says Kenneth Roth of U.S.-based Human Rights Watch in a Twitter post.
 
The Ukrainian government maintains it had to take tougher measures because of concerns that the Kremlin is expanding hacking and other information-war activities worldwide. It is a reversal of past policy.
 

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Isobel Koshiw is a Kyiv-based freelance journalist writing about politics, business and the war.

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

Backlash Grows Against Ukraine’s Attempts to Block Russian Social Media

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