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Facebook and Instagram banned in Russia for "extremist activity"

| 21.3.22 |
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Facebook and Instagram banned in Russia for "extremist activity"

 Russia has officially banned Facebook and Instagram in the country for their involvement in 'extremist activities'. This was confirmed by the decision of the Moscow court, which accepted the motion filed by the Prosecutor General's office, according to reports from Russian media. The social network was blocked on March 14 due to parent house Meta's decision not to ban content against the Russian military. 

Subsequently, the Moscow Attorney General's Office asked Roskomnadzor, the agency in charge of communications, to block chats, while WhatsApp , which is also owned by Mark Zuckerberg's Meta Platform, is not subject to sanctions and continues to function in Russia. Almost all Russian social network users (80%) are ready to replace blocked Meta and Twitter services with Russian national counterparts, according to a study published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta online. 

According to analysts, there is a redistribution to domestic sites, in particular those that support the social media VKontakte , which is the Russian equivalent of Facebook. When asked about the availability of using VPN services to access Western social networks, most respondents answered negatively: almost 60% do not plan to use these services or do not know what a VPN is. 

Although WhatsApp, owned by Meta, continues to work in Russia, RG Online says that, nevertheless, many users are trying to duplicate communication channels and want to transfer chats from WhatsApp to Telegram and explain, with tutorials, how to do it.


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