Russian President Vladimir Putin (Image: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
If the US blocks or doesn’t properly regulate Mark Zuckerberg’s digital money masterplan, the “the likelihood of Facebook being blocked” in Russia will significantly increase, according to Dmitry Peskov - the president’s head of IT. During a press conference yesterday, Peskov took aim at the US government over its handling of both Facebook’s Libra and Telegram’s proposed ‘Gram’ cryptocurrency. “If Libra launches without controls, or Gram, the likelihood of the scenario appearing in which we block significantly increases, not just in Russia but in every country,” he said.
Urging his US counterparts to ensure they take all the necessary steps to deliver robust regulation over the social media platforms’ forays into cryptocurrency, Peskov hinted that it would be a simple process for Moscow to switch off Facebook for its citizens.
“But this does not depend on the Russian government, but on the American one,” he added.
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