Russian Court Bans Instagram And Facebook

This picture taken in Moscow on October 5, 2021 shows the US online social media and social networking service Facebook's logo (R), the US instant messaging software Whatsapp's logo (L) and the US social network Instagram's logo (C) on a smartphone screen. - Major social media services including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were hit by a massive outage on October 4, 2021, tracking sites showed, impacting potentially tens of millions of users. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

A Moscow court banned Facebook and Instagram on Monday, describing the social media apps as “extremist” organizations.

The ban is coming after authorities accused US tech giant, Meta of tolerating “Russophobia” during the military action in Ukraine.

According to the reports, the Tverskoy district court stated that it had agreed to a request from prosecutors for Instagram and Facebook to be banned for “carrying out extremist activities”, but exempted WhatsApp because it’s not a public platform.

The court ruling is part of efforts by Moscow to crack down on social media amid war in Ukraine.

It was gathered that Russia’s FSB security service at Monday’s hearing accused Meta in charge of Facebook and Instagram of working against Moscow’s interests.

“The activities of the Meta organization are directed against Russia and its armed forces,” FSB representative Igor Kovalevsky told the court, Russian news agencies reported.

“We demand (the court) to ban Meta’s activities and oblige it to implement this ruling immediately,” he added.

After President Vladimir Putin launched an attack in Ukraine on February 24, authorities blocked access to Facebook and Instagram.

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