Facebook and Instagram placed on Russian list of terrorist organizations

Russia’s financial monitoring agency, Rosfinmonitoring, has added US tech giant Meta Platforms Inc, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, to its list of “terrorists and extremists”, the Interfax news agency reported. Russia banned Facebook and Instagram at the end of March due to “carrying out extremist activities” after authorities accused Meta of tolerating “russophobia” during the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.

Meta announced on March 10 that the platforms will allow statements like “death to Russian invaders”, but not credible threats against civilians. He then said that the change only applies to users posting from inside Ukraine.

Facebook and Instagram have been unavailable in Russia since March, but many Russians have resorted to using VPNs to continue using the social networks. Instagram is especially popular in Russia and is an important platform for advertising and sales.

Tuesday’s decision puts Meta on the same list as right-wing nationalist groups, foreign terrorist organizations including the Taliban and Russian opposition groups.

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