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U.K. Asks Meta and TikTok to Block RT and Sputnik After EU Ban

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Social Media's Role in the Ukraine-Russia War

The U.K. has asked Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc., Twitter Inc. and ByteDance Ltd’s TikTok to ban Russian news channel RT while the U.K. regulator considers whether to sanction the broadcaster.

British Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries made the request Thursday, a day after the European Union officially banned broadcasts, app downloads and sharing content on social media from RT as well as Sputnik within the bloc. EU officials said its measures were needed to counter the destabilizing impact of propaganda concerning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine aired by both services.