The Russian Corporate Media Giant, RT News, reported that Facebook banned them from posting anything but plain text on their page until after Trump’s inaguration
The ban, according to Facebook, will last until Saturday 10:55pm Moscow time and will extend across US president-elect Trump’s inauguration.
The timing of the ban means that RT won’t be able to broadcast President-elect Trump’s inauguration live on their Facebook page.
RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said she wasn’t surprised that RT had been blocked from posting on Facebook following a complaint from Current Time TV (a part of Radio Liberty, financed by the US Department of State.)
“I’m not surprised. If the Department of State could block oxygen to us, they would do it”, she told RIA Novosti.
“While Facebook is a powerful distributor of live-streams it is struggling with the rights ramifications. RT will continue text-only posts to Facebook until the issue is resolved.”
“There is no reason from our side as to why RT should have not been able to freely transmit our signal via their own FB page. In fact, I do not believe that AP would even be able to physically restrict client’s [sic] transmissions on their own Facebook pages. In addition, the footage was our own and the restrictions did not mention anything out of the ordinary […] In short, it must have been an issue on [Facebook’s] end,” AP Editorial Liaison representative Phoebe Paulus said in an email.