Press review: Facebook crash leaves $ 1 billion in losses, Azeri-Iranian tensions rise – Press review



Izvestia: Facebook crash flop cost businesses nearly $ 1 billion

The outage of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, which occurred on October 4, resulted in financial losses for global companies to the tune of almost $ 1 billion, and in Russia they exceeded 400 million rubles (5 , $ 52 million), experts told Izvestia. The blackout flop came at a bad time for Facebook. Public attention is now focused on the problems related to the use of subscriber data by the social network, and the flop of the outage may serve as an additional reason to increase regulatory pressure on the company.

“The damage caused by the malfunction is invisible advertisements, broken chatbots used by businesses, including online retail,” said Karen Ghazaryan, analyst for the Russian Association of Electronic Communications.

Potential business losses can also include invisible flows or a message that had to be posted at some point in order to gain the most attention, added B&C communications agency managing partner Mark Sherman.

On October 5, Russian business ombudsperson Boris Titov announced that the Russian business sector was also affected by the blackout. In particular, the stock market has been battered. However, it is too early to provide final evaluations, he said.

The tech titan’s six-hour failure is a very long one, according to experts interviewed by Izvestia. Such incidents damage the image of the services, says Sherman.

Social media and instant messaging content market participants surveyed by Izvestia believe there will be no mass exodus of authors from popular Facebook and Instagram channels and accounts. The outage of Facebook and Instagram may not result in the loss of users, but it can increase public interest in competing services, experts believe.

Kommersant: Russia and Ukraine fail to agree on topics for possible meeting between leaders

Moscow and Kiev are in favor of negotiations between Russian presidents Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Zelensky, as well as the holding of a Normandy Quartet summit. However, that doesn’t bring any of the meetings any closer. According to Kommersant, Russia has sent Ukraine its draft of the possible decisions of the two leaders after a meeting. The Kremlin told Kommersant that there was no response to these proposals yet.

The Kremlin believes that the parties could agree on the restoration of full diplomatic relations, the lifting of mutual trade and economic restrictions and sanctions against natural and legal persons. In addition, the two heads of state could decide to restore transport links between the two countries, as well as agree to conclude an agreement by December 1, 2022, on the transit and supply of gas for the period after 2024. .

According to the Kremlin, Ukraine has yet to respond to the proposal. “So far, we have not received anything clear from Ukraine on the possible content of the bilateral meeting,” Russian President Dmitry Peskov’s spokesman told Kommersant.

Meanwhile, Kiev believes that preparations for the meeting are not progressing due to Moscow’s fault. “Unfortunately, we have to admit that there are unconstructive attempts by Russia to find various reasons to postpone such bilateral negotiations,” adviser to the head of the Ukrainian president’s office Mikhail Podolyak told Kommersant. Asked about the agenda Kiev would propose for the meeting, Podolyak said: “The fact that the Ukrainian and Russian peoples are divided by a front line deserves first and foremost a discussion.”

Since the parties see the content of the meeting in a completely different way – Kiev wants to talk about war, peace and Crimea, while Moscow calls the Donbass question the internal matter of Ukraine and considers the subject of Crimea is closed – there is almost no chance that negotiations will take place in the near future, writes Kommersant.

Kommersant: Russia sets ambitious carbon neutrality targets

The Ministry of Economic Development has drawn up a new version of Russia’s strategy for low carbon targets until 2050. The project has become much more ambitious than those presented previously. In particular, he looks forward to the country achieving carbon neutrality by 2060 and for the first time linking low-carbon transformation in Russia to economic growth. Experts told Kommersant they viewed the document positively, calling for its more detailed review.

“The strategy was finalized in accordance with the comments of the relevant departments and the government. We include the guarantee of the global competitiveness and sustainable economic growth of Russia in the context of a global energy transition in the objectives of the target scenario”, said Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov. said Kommersant.

Experts welcomed the new version of the strategy. “You can proudly travel to Glasgow in November for the United Nations climate conference with this document,” said Alexey Kokorin, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at WWF Russia. However, the commentator is troubled by the high growth rates of greenhouse gas uptake in the intensive scenario. “The target for uptake by forests seems elusive – over the past five years uptake has decreased by 10% even without taking into account the fires of summer 2021. We need to decide how to turn the targets into concrete actions, “he said.

The head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs committee on climate policy and carbon regulation, Andrey Melnichenko, called the document “fairly balanced”, noting that “the details and calculations need careful attention. “.

Vedomosti: relations between Tehran and Baku strain after Azeri-Turkish exercises

Rising tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan led to the closure on October 5 of the Iranian side of its airspace for Azerbaijani military transport planes en route to the enclave of the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan (NAR ) in Azerbaijan, writes Vedomosti. According to the Azerbaijani government, other routes are used for flights to the NAR (through Georgia and Turkey).

Tensions in Iranian-Azerbaijani relations emerged after the large-scale Azerbaijani-Turkish military exercises dubbed Indestructible Brotherhood-2021 which began on September 21 in the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic (NAR). In response, Iran began to move troops to the border with the NAR and began its exercises. In this context, several Iranian officials announced the presence of Israel on Azerbaijani territory, which is unacceptable to Tehran.

According to the researcher of the Turkish sector of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Amur Gadzhiev, the reason for the worsening of relations between Baku and Tehran is the fact that Azerbaijan actively maintains relations with Turkey and Pakistan. With Turkey being Iran’s main rival in the region, this trend cannot please Tehran. Iranian leaders are also concerned that Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and the Persian Gulf monarchies are trying to surround the country, Gadzhiev noted. Moreover, Iran is trying to strengthen its position in negotiations with Turkey, but it is not interested in a real war, he added.

Tehran has a well-developed missile program and a fairly developed military industry, said Andrey Baklitsky, director of information projects at MGIMO’s Center for Military and Political Studies. However, the prospect of war clearly does not appeal to Iranian leaders, the expert added.

Izvestia: Russia could face 30,000 new cases of coronavirus daily

The number of Russians infected with the coronavirus is three times higher than last fall. An increase in the incidence rate was noted in 67 regions of the country. And soon, the number of new cases could exceed the threshold of 30,000 cases per day, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said in a meeting with the Russian president and lawmakers. Experts are convinced that the only way to stop the pandemic is to vaccinate the population, writes Izvestia.

“Vaccination is the main weapon in the fight against the coronavirus,” Alexey Agranovsky, professor of the department of virology at the faculty of biology at Moscow State University, told Izvestia. “Each person vaccinated not only protects themselves, but also creates local immunity in the family, student classrooms, at work and in other places,” he added. According to the expert, vaccination is necessary mainly to reduce mortality and the number of patients with severe disease.

Currently, more than 42 million people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Russia. According to Golikova, to form herd immunity, an additional 35.9 million people must be vaccinated and 7.6 million Russians must be revaccinated. However, authorities do not plan to introduce large-scale containment. Instead, the government is proposing targeted measures. In particular, “COVID-free” regions will appear in the country, lotteries for those vaccinated will continue, and QR codes will be used to attend public events.

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