The Russian outlets' 'active role in spreading disinformation' is in the spotlight ahead of a conference on press freedom in London.
The arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on drug charges in Russia is a wake-up call for all journalists, especially those in Central Asia trying to uncover the truth.
Facebook described the removals as part of a continuing battle against 'co-ordinated inauthentic behavior' that has resulted in the deletion of numerous fake accounts worldwide.
Facebook is continuing to root out fake influence accounts, most of which have been linked to Russia.
With pro-Kremlin propaganda rampant on Russian TV and online, Central Asians are turning to local media and trusted websites for political and international news, observers say.
Internews' latest Eduthon conference in Astana focused on raising media literacy and countering extremism in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Facebook removed 364 pages and accounts that claimed to be independent, but in fact had ties to Sputnik employees.
The military, ideological and cyber wars being waged against IS have greatly impaired the group's media capabilities.
Efforts are being made to produce high quality media content and raise the level of critical media consumption by representatives of civil society, decision-makers and ordinary citizens.
In addition to the film being paned by audience members and critics, airing the movie could have been construed as Kazakhstan's tacit approval of Russia's 2014 illegal annexation.