MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. An access to the US-based social network platform Instagram was blocked across the territory of Russia starting on March 14, according to the Russian IT and mass media watchdog.
Last Friday, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) announced a decision to restrict access to Instagram beginning at 00:00 on March 14.
The Russian media watchdog announced to all Instagram users in the country earlier that they "would need to transfer their pictures and videos to other social networks and notify their followers." The media watchdog decided to block Instagram due to the reported spread of hate speech against Russians, including military personnel.
Last week, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office demanded to declare US-based tech giant Meta, which operates social network platforms Facebook and Instagram, an extremist organization and to ban it in Russia.
Meta acknowledged earlier that it allowed calls for the violence against Russian troops in view of the special military operation in Ukraine. Meta Spokesman Andy Stone wrote on Twitter that the company had "temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech, such as ‘death to the Russian invaders’."
"We still won’t allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians," he added.