Russia has put US company Meta Platforms Inc. on its “terrorist and extremist” list, according to the country’s financial regulator.
On Tuesday, the Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) added Meta to its list of organizations involved in terrorism and extremism, state news outlet Interfax reported.
This follows Russia’s decision in March to ban the company’s services and block access to its applications. Moscow officials accused the parent company of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp of tolerating “Russophobia” amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Roskomnadzor, the state’s technical regulator, noted that Meta’s reporting on the situation between Ukraine and Russia was skewed in favor of Western nations, adding that the company “discriminates” against Russian news outlets because it restricts user access to sites like Sputnik and Russia Today restricted .
Despite being blocked in the country, some Facebook and Instagram users still use virtual private networks (VPNs) to access the applications.
According to the Economic Times, Roskomnadzor has reportedly revised its list of banned VPNs. The regulator began banning VPNs in 2021.
Meta’s inclusion on Russia’s list of “terrorist and extremist” organizations means that Russian citizens or companies that advertise on Facebook or Instagram face up to 10 years in prison for “sponsoring extremism.”
Pavel Chikov, a human rights lawyer, has warned Russian citizens on Telegram that showing Instagram and Facebook logos or advertising on the pages could be illegal under the Russian Criminal Code.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/russia-considers-facebook-parent-company-meta-terrorist-extremist-organization-1839451?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Russia considers Facebook parent company Meta a “terrorist and extremist” organization