Moscow cracks down on social media platforms that allow calls for violence against its citizens
Russia’s media watchdog has informed Instagram users in the country that access to the Meta-owned social media platform will be blocked from Monday, March 14, 2022.
The measure follows an earlier restriction by Twitter and Facebook after Meta’s decision to allow calls for violence against Russians involved in the Ukraine conflict. Russian users had 48 hours to move their data before the official ban took effect.
Earlier this month, Moscow blocked Facebook on “extremism” after media reported that Meta, which owns both platforms, had authorized “messages about the war in Ukraine calling for violence against the Russian invaders or [for Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s death.
The Russian Embassy had previously accused Meta of “aggressive and criminal behavior” urging Washington to “Stop Meta’s extremist activities and take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Instagram responds to impending ban in Russia
On Sunday, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri denounced Moscow’s decision to ban the platform as “wrong,” arguing that it would harm the site’s 80 million Russian users.
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