Facebook has removed an incendiary status posted by a high-ranking Kremlin official, Russian media has reported.
Ksenzov, whose department is tasked with "supervision of telecom, information technologies and mass communications," complained on his Facebook profile that he had been censored.
"Excellent. Deleted my message. Oh well...," he began.
Then, in a comment likely a little lost in translation, Ksenov wrote: "All other things being equal, and other nuances of the situation, I would not like to unknown citizens known countries prohibit the citizens of my country to speak in their native language."
As he pointed out in a further Facebook post, Ksenov was actually born and raised in Ukraine. "The irony of the paradox," he wrote.
The irony indeed. Internet censorship is essentially Ksenov's — his department was created in the wake of 2012 popular protests and granted extensive powers to take down any online material it doesn't like.
Last year Roskomnadzor required all large western sites - including Facebook - to register in Russia so it could more effectively police what is said in the cybersphere; even popular bloggers must count themselves as mass media outlets.
Just the other day, on July 1, Russian news source 'Izvestia' reported that Facebook temporarily blocked the account of writer Eduard Bagirov over his use the word 'crest'.
Earlier this year, Facebook updated its "Community Rules" — under which these posts are likely considered 'hate speech'.
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