SpreadIt News | Digital Newspaper

On Monday, 80 million Russians will lose access to Instagram

Russia is likely to prohibit Instagram, and the head, Adam Mosseri, is furious. The decision to prohibit Instagram in the country comes a day after Facebook permitted posts calling for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, and Poland, according to internal emails to content moderators.

Instagram will be restricted in Russia on Monday. This move would isolate 80 million Russians from one another and from the rest of the world, as 80 per cent of Russians follows an Instagram account outside of Russia. This is incorrect, declared Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri on Twitter.

Advertisement

A Meta representative previously stated that the firm has provided temporary exceptions for kinds of political discourse that would typically violate Facebook’s hate speech restrictions, such as “death to the Russian invaders.” The spokesperson, however, stated that it would not tolerate demands for violence against Russian residents.

Following the publication of Meta’s new standards, Russia’s media regulator said that access to Instagram will be restricted by Monday due to “calls to perform violent actions.” Moscow has also taken efforts to restrict access to Twitter and other social media platforms, including Facebook.

Advertisement

Instagram will be unavailable in Russia beginning Monday, March 14. According to a Russian agency, only Facebook and Instagram will be prohibited in the nation.

Advertisement