Reuters is reporting that it has removed Russian news agency TASS from its business-to-business marketplace for customers. According to the report:
March 23, 2022 March 23 (Reuters) — Reuters has removed TASS from its business-to-business marketplace for customers, according to a Reuters message to staff on Wednesday, amid growing criticism of how Russia’s state-owned news agency is portraying the war in Ukraine. “We believe making TASS content available on Reuters Connect is not aligned with the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles,” Matthew Keen, interim CEO of Reuters, wrote in an internal memo to staff on Wednesday. […] In response to a request for comment from Reuters, TASS shared a letter that its CEO Sergei Mikhailov sent to Keen on Wednesday in which he said he was “extremely sorry to learn of Reuters’ decision” and that he understood it was “influenced by the current world atmosphere.”
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TASS is a major Russian state-owned news agency and one of the largest news agencies worldwide. According to a 2017 research paper on TASS’ coverage of the Ukraine crisis, Russia uses the news agency for international propaganda in its hybrid war. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russian state-backed outlets Sputnik and RT were banned or restricted by the European Union and Western social media and tech companies. However, TASS has avoided any sanctions so far, and its website can still be accessed in Europe.
In March, the Global Influence Operations Report reported that TASS was dominating Google search results for “LPR” (Luhansk People’s Republic) and “DPR” (Donetsk People’s Republic).
For more GIOR coverage on TASS, go here.