Russia to Shut Down Meta-Instagram After Tech Giant Allows Calls to Kill Russians

Facebook Meta announced on Thursday they will allow calls for violence against Russians “in some countries.”

This will include Facebook and Instagram platforms.

Reuters reported: “Meta will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukrainian invasion, according to internal emails, in a temporary change to its hate speech policy.”

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On Sunday Russia announced they will block Instagram in their country.

The Daily Mail reported:

Instagram users in Russia have been notified that the service will shut down beginning at midnight on Sunday after its owner Meta Platforms said last week it would allow social media users in Ukraine to post messages such as ‘Death to the Russian invaders.’

An email message from the state communications regulator told people to move their photos and videos from Instagram before it was shut down, and encouraged them to switch to Russia’s own ‘competitive internet platforms.’

The move comes after Meta, which also owns Facebook, said on Friday that it temporarily changed its hate speech policy in Ukraine, in the wake of Russia’s February 24 invasion.

But Russian officials have said the new rules allow ‘calls for violence’ against Russian soldiers, and on Friday, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office called for a criminal investigation to be launched against Meta, citing Russian propaganda and extremism laws.

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