The problem with Russia’s disinformation ban

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European Union in early March ban on Russian state-sponsored media shop RT and Sputnik from broadcastingas a response to the nefarious pro-Kremlin propaganda and information that dominated those media’s coverage of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The ban also requires search engines like Google to remove all search results from Sputnik and RT, and obliges social media companies to block their accounts — as well as remove sharing. share and reproduce the RT and Sputnik content of other users.

This marks a stark contrast to the United States, where the First Amendment prohibits similar actions, despite the very real harm that disinformation has done to American democracy. In fact, there is no America freedom of speech exceptionalismthe January 6 attack on the Capitol may never have happened.

Read more at The Daily Beast. The problem with Russia’s disinformation ban

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