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Instagram is officially banned in Russia!

Russia’s communications agency Roskomnadzor announced that it will ban Instagram in the country from today, March 14,

according to the agency’s website.

The statement released reads:

Roskomnadzor decided to complete the procedure for imposing restrictions on access to Instagram at 00:00 on March 14, providing users with an additional 48 hours of transition period.”

The decision comes a week after Russia blocked access to Facebook, which the communications agency said was a result of Meta making “an unprecedented decision by allowing the posting of information containing calls for violence against Russian citizens.”

CEO of Instagram, tweeted on Friday that 80 million Russians will be cut off from one another, and “from the rest of the world

Adam Mosseri,tweet on Intagram ban in Russia


Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office asked Meta to be labeled as an “extremist organization” under Russian law.

It follows reports that,

Meta had created exemptions in its hate speech rules to temporarily allow Facebook and Instagram users to call for the death of President Putin, as well as violence against Russian soldiers



source: Tass/Instagram/thejournalbiz