Russia: Facebook Outage Proves Need for Internet Sovereignty

Russia: Facebook Outage Proves Need for Internet Sovereignty


Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Facebook’s worldwide service outage earlier that day “answers the question of whether we need our own social networks and internet platforms,” Reuters reported Tuesday.

“Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said during the near six-hour outage of Facebook services on Monday evening that this ‘answers the question of whether we need our own social networks and internet platforms,’” Reuters relayed on October 5, citing an October 4 report by the Russian state-owned news agency TASS.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow in March 2018. (Uri Kadobnov/AFP via Getty Images)

The original TASS report cited a statement shared by Zakharova to her official Telegram channel on October 4. The Russian Foreign

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