A Russian court has banned Facebook and Instagram across the country, calling Facebook’s meta platform “extremist.”
Facebook has already been banned in Russia. Meta then said it would allow Ukrainian social media users to post messages calling for violence against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow’s troops sent to Ukraine on February 24, when Instagram was also banned.
However, no restrictions have been imposed on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
Olga Solopva, a judge in Moscow’s Taversky district court, said she had approved the ban. The Meta platform temporarily allowed them to call for violence against the Russian military on social media.
Usually Meta does not approve of such posts. The prosecutor general’s office said the move was aimed at inciting hatred and hostility towards Russian citizens.
According to a report in the Moscow Times, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office alleges that 50 Facebook and Instagram posts were “extremist.” It is alleged that the ambassador provided the information to Hussein.
However, like the Prosecutor General’s Office, it is impossible to distribute “fake”, and “extremist” content publicly. According to the department, Russian users who use social media or VPNs from abroad have no reason to worry. Posts on Facebook and Instagram will not be considered extremist activity.