|A number of popular Russian influencers are in tears|
Russian President Vladimir Putin's policy of imposing a ban on Instagram access has come into effect. Inevitably, this caused many influencers from the country to languish. A number of popular Russian influencers wept over the ban. The ban came into effect Monday (14/3), days after the Kremlin claimed the social media site was causing incitement to violence against Russia. Before their accounts were restricted, popular public figures wept at the news in their latest video post, with one saying it felt like his life had been taken from him.
Russian reality TV star Olga Buzova who has 23.3 million followers states that Instagram has become a part of her life. "I don't know what the future holds," she says tearfully in the video. "I don't know. I'm just sharing my life, my work and my soul. I'm not doing this all as a job, it's a part of my soul. It feels like a big part of my heart and my life was taken from me." Elsewhere, an unknown Russian beauty blogger also seems to be in tears at the news of the ban. Other young influencers have also complained about the end of Russia's Instagram era. Valeria Chekalina, an influencer with 10.5 million followers, shared a crying face emoji to her profile and told fans to find it on other apps, including Telegram. Meanwhile, Liza Lukasheva who has 1 million followers shared a short video saying goodbye to her fans.
As is known, the Instagram ban was announced last Friday after Meta announced a new policy that allows calls for violence in posts about Russia's invasion of the country. The Instagram ban comes amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. Users were told to remove their photos and videos from Instagram before they could no longer access them. They are also advised to switch to the country's own competitive internet platform.