Meta has been designated an ‘extremist organization’ in Russia and is due to be banned by the end of the day!
The state media watchdog in Russia, Roskomnadzor has said Instagram will be blocked in Russia because Meta announced it would break existing policy and allow users to attack Russian armed forces. It has been made clear that no calls for violence against Russian civilians will be allowed.
Meta has said it would allow some violent posts such as “death to the Russian invaders” temporarily, which would normally break its rules.
Roskomnadzor blocked access to Facebook in Russia on March the 4th due to ‘discrimination’ against Russian media, it now looks like Instagram is next in line.
Meta owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp but currently, WhatsApp is not being called to be banned due to the fact it is a messaging platform and not a social media network.