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Facebook Has Suspended Russia's State-Sponsored News Agency Until After Trump's Inauguration

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Facebook blocks Russia Today from posting so it can't stream Donald Trump inauguration, state broadcaster claims

Obama's farewell press conference lands Russian television RT in trouble as its Facebook page blocked until after

What's more, RT notes that the AP "has not sent any complaints regarding RT or any other organizations in connection with the live feed". According to Gizmodo, the Kremlin-funded news outlet has been banned from posting any articles, photos and videos on Facebook, but can still has the ability to post text directly to the platform. "There's quite a big number of USA media here and their activities here are totally unrestricted and that's the actions against RT look particularly astonishing for us", he said.

The restriction appeared to have been put in place because of a video of President Obama's final news conference on the Facebook page and a subsequent copyright complaint.

The post from RT also suggested direct US government involvement was at hand.

Part of the confusion is that Current Time denies it reached out to Facebook about the supposedly-infringing livestream.

RT has a sizable Facebook presence, with 4.1 million likes.

RT, which is funded by the Russian government, featured prominently in the recent declassified USA intelligence report about alleged Russian intervention into the election.

While RT has a presence in the United States - its television network is carried by most major cable providers and it has an English-language website - its audience in America is still relatively small. The media holding's director, prominent television anchor Dmitry Kiselyov, was among numerous Russian officials sanctioned by the European Union in response to Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

Its ban is temporary and will be lifted on Saturday evening, and it says that it is working to get it lifted sooner.

Facebook has not replied to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment. Facebook didn't take an editorial stance on RT's quality.

RT said that a "misplaced live streaming rights strike" during its broadcast of President Barack Obama's final news conference on January 18 appeared to have "triggered the ban" on elements of its Facebook page, suggesting it believes it was wrongly accused of copyright violations. "The blocking of RT is not the result of any action on our part".

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