Russian news agency says it’s being unfairly censored by Facebook

Facebook is allegedly stifling the free speech rights of a Russian news outlet that’s been banned from the social media platform, a new lawsuit claims — even though the outlet has been linked to Russians accused of election interference.

Federal Agency of News and its sole shareholder, Evgeniy Zubarev, insist the news site is the genuine article, not an outlet intentionally peddling misinformation, the agency claimed in a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California.

When Facebook FB, +3.53% blocked its page and deleted its account in April during a purge of more than 270 accounts, the lawsuit said the social media giant tarred the Saint Petersburg-based news site as an operation to sow division and propaganda in America.

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