Kremlin Blasts Facebook’s Purge of Russian Pages as Hostile Act

The Kremlin lashed out on Thursday following news that Facebook removed posts from over 100 accounts deemed to be linked to a Russian “troll farm.”

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov agreed with a journalist when asked if the country considered the social media giant’s recent move a “hostile step which smacked of censorship,” according to Reuters.

“Yes it is,” the spokesman told reporters on Thursday. “We are of course following this and we regret it.”

The Kremlin’s comments come days after Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would be removing “more than 270 pages and accounts operated by a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency.”

“Most of our actions against the IRA to date have been to prevent them from interfering in foreign elections,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.

“This update is about taking down their pages targeting people living in Russia. This Russian agency has repeatedly acted deceptively and tried to manipulate people in the US, Europe, and Russia — and we don’t want them on Facebook anywhere in the world.”

The social media company recently face stern criticism following the revelation that a data company used Facebook’s third-party application process to reportedly obtain information on more than 50 million Facebook users and use it to influence the 2016 presidential election.

In the aftermath of that news, Zuckerberg has apologized for his company’s shortcomings and has opted to testify to Congress next week, even suggesting that Facebook perhaps should be regulated in some capacity.

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