Russian Foreign Ministry forced to turn off Facebook ratings after thousands of Lithuanians protest
(MOSCOW) – On Sunday, the Russian Foreign Ministry was forced to take down the “ratings & reviews” feature on their Facebook page after receiving over 17,000 negative-poor responses in a 24-hour period, as compared to only 75 positive ratings.
Thousands of Lithuanians, along with Latvians & Estonians, from around the world responded on Facebook to Moscow attempts to spread false propaganda about post-World War 2 partisans in the 3 Baltic countries. The Russians were responding to a NATO 8-minute video released last week about the Baltic Forest Brothers.
The actual post about the Baltic Forest Brothers is still posted & as of Monday has received over 13,700 protest comments, compared to the average 90-200 comments their other posts get.
The protest was inspired by Lithuanian TV-personality Andrius Tapinas, who asked his many followers on Facebook to go to the Russian Foreign Ministry page & leave the message: “Kremlin, you will not rewrite our history” in Russian – #Кремльнашуисториюнеперепишешь
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said that the Russian attempts to interpret history was a constant phenomenon, adding that the civil initiatives on social networks were very important.
By: Linas Johansonas / LTnews