Russia will ban Instagram on March 14

A week later put Facebook ban in Russiathe country’s media agency Roskomnadzor announced it will also ban Instagram. While Facebook’s ban cites “discrimination against Russian media,” this time, the government claims it happened because of parent company Meta’s decision to direct moderators to post permission calls for violence against Russian soldiers if they come from certain countries, including Ukraine.

The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, said in a tweet that “This decision cuts 80 million people in Russia off from others and the rest of the world when ~80% of people in Russia follow Instagram accounts outside of their home country. This is wrong.”

Google translated from Russian, the agency’s statement reads as follows:

As you know, on March 11, Meta Platforms Inc. took an unprecedented decision to allow the posting of content calling for violence against Russian citizens on the social networks Facebook and Instagram.

Messages are circulating on the social network Instagram encouraging and inciting acts of violence against Russians, related to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office asking Roskomnadzor to restrict access to this social network.

Since it will take time for Instagram users to actively transfer their photo and video material to other social networks and notify their contacts and subscribers, Roskomnadzor decided to complete the procedure for applying the restrict access to Instagram at 00:00 on March 14, providing users with an additional 48 hours of transition time.

The government’s decision does not mention that Russian oligarchs have used Instagram to speak out against the invasion. In some cases, this happens to the children of financiers turned influencers with large followings like Sofia Abramovich, daughter of billionaire Roman Abramovich, who is said to have split The biggest and most successful lie in Kremlin propaganda is that most Russians stand with Putin. Banker Oleg Tinkov, who was at one time the 15th richest person in Russia, is one of the most notable dissidents. with a post ends by saying, “We are against this war!”

As far as the “unprecedented” step Meta took in terms of content moderation, a report from Evil behavior Last summer saw a similar decision to temporarily allow content including calls and chants to “death Khamenei” to take place during protests in the southwestern region of Khuzestan. of the country.

The ban will also appear after only a few days of Meta announced plans for Instagram to label state-run media and in Russia and Ukraine, it’s “hidden information about people’s followers, who they are following, and who are following each other for private accounts based in these two countries.”

The rule will not come into force until March 14, and Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti report it will not apply to the WhatsApp platform also owned by Meta. At the beginning of the day, Russian government officials threaten a banask Meta to confirm or refute the information first reported by Reuters.

Last night, Meta spokesman Andy Stone said: “As a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we have temporarily allowed forms of political expression that often violate our rules. , such as violent speech such as ‘die before the Russian invaders.’ We will still not allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians.”

Meta . President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg said in a statement Friday that company policies were “focused on protecting people’s right to speech as an expression of their ability to defend themselves against a military invasion of their country.” Clegg said that if Meta/Instagram had adopted its standing policies with no adjustment “we would now remove content from ordinary Ukrainians expressing their resistance and anger” against Russian invasion, “this will be considered unacceptable.”

Clegg said the temporary policy would only apply within Ukraine. “We do not quarrel with the Russian people,” he added, “we will not tolerate Russian phobia or any form of discrimination, harassment or violence against Russians on the platform.” ours.”

Update March 11 2:30 p.m. ET: More statement from Meta President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg

Update March 11th 7PM ET: More statement from head of Instagram Adam Mosseri. Russia will ban Instagram on March 14

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