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
On Monday, Instagram will be blocked in Russia. This decision will cut 80 million in Russia off from one another, and from the rest of the world as ~80% of people in Russia follow an Instagram account outside their country. This is wrong.
— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) March 11, 2022
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