Moscow opens case against Meta for calling for the “murder” of Russians

Russia said on Friday it was opening a criminal case against Meta for “calling for the murder” of Russians, saying the parent company of Facebook and Instagram had relaxed rules on violent posts targeting the military and Russian leaders.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, which investigates major crimes, said it was opening an investigation “due to unlawful calls for the murder of Russian nationals by employees of the US company Meta”.

Russia’s prosecutor general’s office has also called for the internet giant to be labeled an “extremist” and called for Instagram to be blocked in the country.

The announcement came just over two weeks after President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine as Russia sought to ban any criticism of the military campaign.

The attorney general’s office said “materials were distributed on Instagram that contained calls to commit acts of violence against Russian citizens, including military personnel.”

He said he asked Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor to “restrict access” to Instagram.

Facebook and Instagram are widely used in Russia, with the latter being the most popular social media platform for young Russians.

Since the beginning of March, Twitter and Facebook have been inaccessible in Russia.

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