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Meta will expand Facebook protections to Russian users – Source

Over the weekend Meta said it was giving Facebook users in Ukraine special tools to lock their profiles and make their friends’ lists unsearchable. Meta fears that the Russian military or its supporters could target Ukrainians via their social media accounts.

Now Meta’s director of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, tells Fast Company in a tweet late Sunday that it will soon expand those same protections for Facebook users in Russia.

The Russian military, after all, could use social media accounts to target Russians who have criticized the Russian invasion in Ukraine, or who have taken to the streets to protest it. The risk of this could grow if the invasion and occupation drag on and its popularity continues falling within Russia. In Russia, people who protest against the government face serious risks, including penalties, jail, and loss of employment.

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