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Why Russia bans Facebook and Instagram over ‘extremist activities’

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Everyone living in Russia will no longer enjoy access to Meta products which includes Facebook and Instagram, after a top Russian court placed a ban on the both apps.

The outright ban follows weeks of arguments between Meta and the Kremlin, after Facebook removed restrictions on posts inciting violence against Russian invaders in Ukraine.

According to Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow has banned Meta Platforms.

Russian prosecutors claimed extremist contents were shared on Facebook and Instagram and that Meta called for “participation in mass uncoordinated actions”, as well as calls for violence against Russian citizens.

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“Meta will be deprived of the opportunity to open branches and conduct any commercial activity,” the prosecutor explained.

However, the ban will not apply to WhatsApp app, also owned by Mark Zuckerberg’s tech company.

Meta reportedly did not agree with the ruling and rejected claims, pointing out that Meta routinely removes discriminatory posts and that the new rules at the platform do not allow incitement to violence of any civilians in the Russian Federation, and that the company opposes discrimination against Russians and calls for genocide.

The ban follows news that Russian developers are creating their own clone of Instagram called ‘Rossgram. It will launch on March 28 and is designed to work almost exactly like Instagram. 

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