Russia blocks access to the websites of foreign government-sponsored corporations BBC News, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle and Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty for spreading so-called "false information" about the "special military operation" in Ukraine. Russia also blocks access to Facebook and Twitter for the same reason.
American social media service Facebook announces it may block Australian users from sharing both local and international news stories on its platform, should the Australian government enact legislation that would require technology companies in the country to pay local news organisations.
Roskomnadzor, the state communications watchdog, states Google and Facebook published political advertising the day before and during the election, even though it requested them to ban such publication "in line with Russian law". The watchdog labels the tech giants' actions as "interference in Russia’s sovereign affairs".
The documents include names of individuals and companies such as that of United States businessman and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, United Kingdom monarch Elizabeth II, Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Russian-Uzbek business magnate Alisher Usmanov, the social media companies Twitter and Facebook, and pop stars Bono and Madonna.
The father of Cal State Long Beach student Nohemi Gonzalez, the only American killed in the November 13, 2015, Paris massacre, files suit in San Francisco, California, federal court against Twitter, Facebook, and Google, alleging the companies provided "material support" to the Islamic State and other extremist groups. While generally free of liability under U.S. law which provides a legal "safe harbor" for content posted, this case targets the behavior social media companies enable. The suit is very similar to a case brought against Twitter in January by the widow of a contractor killed in the November 9, 2015, attack in Jordan.
The United States Federal Communications Commission rejects privacy advocacy group Consumer Watchdog's petition to make it illegal for Internet companies like Google, Facebook and ad providers to ignore "Do Not Track" browser settings.