Internet fragments as Russian invasion pushes platforms to choose sides

The West’s effort to curb pro-Russian websites and media outlets in reaction to Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine could lead to an increasingly fragmented internet, cyberwarfare experts say.

Major social media companies, including YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter, have moved to reduce Russian propaganda and disinformation on their platforms by banning or restricting content from Russian state media outlets such as RT, Sputnik, and others. But Russia and other countries sympathetic to its narrative can curtail those platforms and allow others to have a larger role within their borders. The resulting trend, experts say, is people seeing different content online depending
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