As most of you know, Russia’s potential military intervention in Ukraine has the global community on edge. It’s impossible to turn on any newscast or visit any major news website and not be inundated with updates about Ukraine and Russia. As with any other major event these days, there is a lot of buzz on social media, from both the world community as well as from inside Ukraine.
The Russian parliament has approved President Putin’s request to commit resources to an impending military action, but it appears that there is concern about popular support. The Roskomnadzor, a federal media oversight agency, has been ordered by the Prosecutor’s General Office to block the pages of over a dozen pro-Ukraine social media webpages. This reduces the possibility of Russian citizens getting information that may be in conflict with what their government wants them to believe. It is clear that the Russian government understands the power that social media has on popular opinion.
Do you think that this tactic will work? Will it prevent the general Russian population from knowing that the Ukrainian people are (generally) unhappy about the prospect of military interventions by their northern neighbors?