Kremlin labels Facebook’s removal of Russian media accounts a hostile move

Kremlin labels Facebook’s removal of Russian media accounts a hostile move
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A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Facebook’s decision to delete accounts linked to Russian trolls is an adversarial move, according to a report by Reuters.

“Yes it is,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said to a reporter when asked about the social media company’s choice. “We are of course following this and we regret it.”

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Peskov’s comments come after Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergChina may be copying Facebook to build an intelligence weapon Facebook announces verification to images and video on platform Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless MORE said earlier this week that the company would remove more than 270 accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked troll farm.

''Most of our actions against the [Internet Research Agency] to date have been to prevent them from interfering in foreign elections. This update is about taking down their pages targeting people living in Russia," Zuckerberg said in a Tuesday post.

“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," he wrote.

Facebook has been embroiled in a privacy scandal after The New York Times reported last month that the British data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President Trump's 2016 campaign, acquired the Facebook data of more than 50 million users without their consent. 

The company said Wednesday that the data scandal may have affected up to 87 million people.

Zuckerberg is slated to testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week.