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Russia bans Instagram and Facebook as 'extremist'

Update : 22 Mar 2022, 12:50

A court in Moscow banned Facebook and Instagram for “extremist activity.” Earlier on March 21, a judge in Moscow’s Tverskoy District Court ruled that Facebook and Instagram, the social media services owned by the US-based company Meta, committed extremist activities.

The court decision comes after the Roskomnadzor, the Russian state communications agency, banned Facebook on March 4 and Instagram on March 14. The agency said that Facebook engaged in “discrimination against Russian media” after labeling Russian state-run media and limiting its algorithmic reach on the website’s news feed. In recent weeks, Facebook has amended its hate speech policy to temporarily allow its users to call for violence against Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

According to Russian news agency Tass, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said that extremist materials had been posted on the social networks, citing calls for violence against Russian citizens, including military personnel stationed in Ukraine.

As reported by the Novaya Gazeta, prosecutors pointed to photos of Adolf Hitler that had been posted to Instagram in 2016 as evidence, and claimed that Meta’s platforms were facilitating plans for violence against Russian citizens and military agents in Ukraine. Despite Meta’s argument that the company removes incendiary anti-Russia content, the ban will apply to both Instagram and Facebook, though WhatsApp is exempt.

 

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