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Facebook briefly banned RT from posting but lifted its restrictions early


UPDATE 1:11 p.m. EST: RT's ban has been lifted, and the network's Facebook page has resumed posting normally. 

RT, a TV network formerly known as Russia Today, has been banned from posting anything to Facebook except text until after Donald Trump's inauguration is over.

The network said it was blocked because it livestreamed President Obama's final press conference, which Facebook interpreted as a copyright violation. But Gizmodo reports RT was actually using a pirated stream

The ban is set to be lifted at 2:35 p.m. Eastern time Saturday, long after inaugural festivities have ended.

If the Department of State could block oxygen to us, they would do it.
Margarita Simonya, RT editor-in-chief

RT, which is funded by the Kremlin, has long supported Donald Trump. 

Here's RT's statement on their ban.

They were also reportedly denied access to breaking news service Dataminr.

RT claims it was running an Associated Press stream. Current Time TV reportedly sent the copyright notice, but claims it did no such thing. 

Its Instagram, YouTube and Twitter accounts appear to be working just fine. 

The network responded to the situation  on Twitter with a Trump GIF.

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