Russia says Facebook outage exhibits why it wants web sovereignty

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MOSCOW, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russian social networks reported a spike in exercise throughout Monday’s international Facebook (FB.O) outage which Moscow officers stated confirmed that Russia was proper to develop its personal sovereign web platforms and social networks.

Russia has searched for years to say higher sovereignty over its web section, placing strain on international tech companies to delete content material and retailer knowledge in Russia. It has additionally improved its capability to dam platforms that break its guidelines.

Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, stated through the close to six-hour outage of Facebook companies on Monday night that this “answers the question of whether we need our own social networks and internet platforms”.

Facebook blamed its outage, which stored its 3.5 billion customers from accessing companies comparable to WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, on a defective configuration change. learn extra

Russia’s largest home-grown social community, Vkontakte, has much more each day customers within the nation than Facebook and reported a spike in messages and customers after Facebook’s companies dropped.

“The number of Vkontakte video views increased by 18% and the number of messages sent in messenger by 21%,” the Izvestia newspaper cited Marina Krasnova, head of the social community, as saying.

She stated the location’s viewers had jumped by 19% as compared with the day earlier than.

Odnoklassniki, one other widespread social community, stated exercise on its website had elevated through the Facebook outage, the RIA information company reported.

Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki are owned by Russian tech agency Mail.Ru (MAILRq.L).

Russia disconnected itself from the worldwide web throughout exams earlier this yr, a part of a push to protect the nation from being reduce off from international infrastructure. learn extra

Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Maria Vasilyeva; Editing by Tom Balmforth and Giles Elgood

Facebook logo displayed through broken glass in this illustration taken October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Facebook logo displayed through broken glass in this illustration taken October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration