Facebook apologized Friday to Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of Russia’s government-run RT and Sputnik news networks, after wrongly flagging one of Simonyan’s posts as a violation of the platform’s standards and suspending her account.
“If during the review process we discover we made a mistake, we restore the removed content when possible and apologize,” Facebook said in a statement. “As happened in this case.”
Funded and controlled by the Kremlin, Sputnik and RT have had a fraught relationship with social media companies since a declassified 2017 U.S. intelligence assessment named them as players in Putin’s election-interference campaign. The outlets represent the attributed portion of Russia’s global propaganda effort, and frequently push disinformation helpful to the Kremlin.
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