(by Chris Menahan | Information Liberation) – Vladimir Putin has responded to Mark Zuckerberg’s rule change allowing calls for violence against Russians by banning Facebook and Instagram altogether.
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.
The company said it would be wrong to prevent Ukrainians from ‘expressing their resistance and fury at the invading military forces.’
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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