Russia Bans Use of Facebook and Instagram, Calls Them Extremists

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The tension increases with each passing day. The armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine is about to be a month old and there are still reactions in various fields: companies leaving the Russian market, franchises that cannot stop their operations and social networks whose services are limits. After Meta (the company that owns Facebook and Instagram) announced an easing of restrictions on hate speech with which its social networks operate in Eastern Europe, a judge at Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court ordered a ban on both social networks operating in Russia, considering that they promote “extremist activities” .



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On March 11, a spokesperson for Meta said in a statement: “We have made temporary concessions for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules, such as violent speech such as ‘death to Russian invaders’. .even if we are not going to allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians.” Although the measure originally applied to several countries in Eastern Europe, Meta has reduced it so that it was valid only in Ukraine; Despite this, the Russian government demanded the complete revocation of the measure and faced with the refusal of the company owned by Mark Zuckerberg, the Russian court decided to veto both social networks immediately throughout Russia.

Although since March 14 Roskomnadzor the body that regulates communications in Russia, had blocked the services of Facebook and Instagram, now the networks have been branded as extremist the same term that the Russian court referred to as the Taliban, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Alexander Navalni , leader of Vladimir Putin’s opposition and who is currently in prison. The court accused Meta of fostering the creation of an “alternate reality” in which hatred of Russia is fomented.

WhatsApp , an application that is also owned by Meta, continues to function normally because it is considered a messaging tool and not a means of communication. The label attached to Facebook and Instagram also serves as a warning to Youtube a Google-owned platform that was accused last Friday of spreading threats against Russia.

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