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A Russian news agency blacklisted by U.S. authorities for its role in 2016 election interference and ties to Kremlin disinformation operations suffered a serious setback in its free speech battle against Facebook on Saturday when a judge tossed its lawsuit claiming its First Amendment rights were violated by the social media giant.

The Federal Agency of News (FAN), an outfit that federal prosecutors describe as a corporate sibling to the notorious Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency (IRA), filed a lawsuit against Facebook last year seeking unspecified damages and arguing that the company aimed to “silence” it, a “legitimate news organization,” by shutting down its pages in a bid to “deter” its “free speech.”

The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice Saturday in San Jose Superior District Court by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who concluded that FAN’s current argument “fails” and “lacks merit” because Facebook is…

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