U.S. says Russia blocks independent news outlets, social media

A view of the TV Rain (Dozhd) online news channel studio in Moscow, Russia August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Kaminev

March 2 (Reuters) - The United States accused Russia on Wednesday of launching a "full war on media freedom and the truth" by blocking independent news outlets and preventing Russians from hearing news of the invasion of Ukraine.

"Russia’s government is also throttling Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram platforms that tens of millions of Russia’s citizens rely on to access independent information and opinions," the State Department said in a statement.

Russians also used social media to connect to each other and the outside world, it added.

Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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