Sanctioned Russian Facebook Accounts Still Used for Recruitment! Rumors Claim They Remain...

Sanctioned Russian Facebook Accounts Still Used for Recruitment! Rumors Claim They Remain Active


Some sanctioned Russian Facebook accounts are claimed to be active on the giant social media platform. Rumors claimed that they are being used to recruit individuals who can fight for Russia. 

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Because of this, the non-profit organization called Whistleblower Aid complained to the Justice Department and the Treasury Department regarding the Russian accounts’ activities. 

The complaint was led by Joohn Choe, a Facebook contractor who was hired to observe extremism in various platforms. 

Sanctioned Russian Facebook Accounts Remain Active 

According to The Washington Post’s latest report, one of the accounts that the ongoing U.S. sanctions should have prohibited is the FB account of Aleksandr Zaldostanov, the leader of a pro-Putin biker group. 

Sanctioned Russian Facebook Accounts Still Used for Recruitment! Rumors Claim They Remain Active

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Right now, his Facebook group Night Wolves is allegedly spreading false propaganda and trying to recruit fighters who will side with Russia. 

Since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine seems to worsen, Choe decided to make his complaint public. 

“Facebook is knowingly aiding and abetting in the information war that Russia is waging. The social media posts [legitimize] the pretextual basis of this war,” said the whistleblower. 

You can visit this link if you want to see further details about the still-active sanctioned Russian Facebook accounts.  

TikTok, Twitter, Facebook Blocked by Russian Government

Because of the sanctions against it, Russia decided to retaliate by blocking various social media platforms in the country. 

These include Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter. Right now, Russian citizens are finding it hard to access Twitter. On the other hand, TikTok users in the country can no longer upload their content, especially after the government claimed that the platform contains fake information about the conflict. 

But, NPR reported that other online sites still remain active in Russia, such as Telegram and YouTube. Right now, there’s a possibility that they will be prohibited as well if information issues appear on YT and Telegram platforms. 

In other news, fake streamers are now invading the Facebook Gaming platform. Meanwhile, a recent study claimed that Facebook makes people more lonely. 

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