Russian Court Bans Instagram and Facebook in Russia for Alleged Extremist Activity

The Tverskoy Court of Moscow on Monday has banned Instagram and Facebook in Russia for being allegedly extremist in nature. 

A lawsuit to recognize Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, as extremist, was filed by the Prosecutor General’s Office to reportedly protect Russian citizens from harmful content. 

According to the Prosecutor General’s office, Instagram has ignored more than 4.5 thousand requests to remove alleged disinformation content and calls for protests.

Both the Prosecutor General’s office and Russian intelligence agency FSB said that extremist information threatens both individuals and society as a whole and that Meta violated its own rules by allowing the posting of calls for violence against Russian armed forces. 

“Satisfy the claims of the Prosecutor General’s Office to ban the activities of the Meta company,” said Judge Olga Solopova.

Aside from the ban,  Meta is not allowed to open branches and do business in Russia while there is no penalty for citizens who would use Meta’s services. 

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