Russia restricts Instagram for millions of citizens

Russia has banned millions of citizens from using Instagram after the social media platform’s parent company decided it would allow posts referring to violence against Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

Facebook and Instagram – both owned by Meta – have changed their guidelines to allow users in certain countries to post generally prohibited content, such as hate speech and calls for the death of Russian soldiers or politicians, according to The Verge.

Russia banned Facebook last week, saying it allowed “discrimination against Russian media,” The Verge reported.

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri tweeted last week that Russia’s decision to ban the social media platform would ‘cut 80 million people in Russia off from each other’ and ‘the rest of the world’ .

A large number of companies have withdrawn their services from Russia. Social media app TikTok has banned all live streaming and content creation in Russia due to President Vladimir Putin’s new law that criminalizes anything he considers ‘fake news’ as Russia continues its violent invasion of Ukraine.

“In light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content from our video service while we consider the implications of this law for security”, TikTok said in a statement last week.

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