September 29, 2022

Russian politicians and officials began to leave Instagram


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Russian politicians and civil servants on Friday, March 11, began to leave Instagram and Facebook. They stop maintaining their pages and go to Russian social networks.

As Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko wrote, the American company Meta (it includes Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp) is engaged in extremist and anti-Russian activities. This is absolutely unacceptable in the 21st century, the politician noted.

“I will communicate with you and report important information on other platforms. First of all, on VKontakte, Matvienko said, adding that she had closed her Instagram page.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Moscow Region Governor Andrei Vorobyov also announced their departure from Instagram.

“Meta no longer hides the fact that Facebook and Instagram are weapons of information warfare. On social networks, companies now officially call for the murder of Russian citizens. This is open extremism, so I stop keeping an account on Instagram, ”Sobyanin emphasized in his Telegram channel.

The governor of the Tyumen region Alexander Moor also announced his departure from Facebook and Instagram. He recalled the anti-Russian policy of these social networks and noted that he was moving to Odnoklassniki and VKontakte. Also, the head of the Irkutsk region Igor Kobzev, the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Gleb Nikitin, the head of the Krasnodar region Veniamin Kondratyev and the governor of the Ryazan region Nikolai Lyubimov refused to use these social networks.

Governor of the Murmansk Region Andrey Chibis, Governor of the Kaluga Region Vladislav Shapsha, Governor of the Bryansk Region Alexander Bogomaz, Governor of the Magadan Region Sergey Nosov, Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region Evgeny Kuyvashev and Head of Administration of the Lipetsk Region Igor Artamonov announced their departure from the venues.

Voronezh Governor Alexander Gusev urged organizations in the region to abandon Instagram and Facebook.

In light of Meta’s anti-Russian policy, the Russian Interior Ministry has suspended its Instagram account.

Earlier on Friday, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office sent a request to Roskomnadzor to restrict access to Instagram (part of Meta) in connection with the distribution of information materials calling for violent acts against Russians, including military personnel.

On the same day, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under two articles in connection with public calls for murder and violence against Russian citizens.

A day earlier, Reuters, citing a statement from Meta, reported that the organization would temporarily allow its member social networks Facebook and Instagram in some countries not to block users’ calls for violence against Russian citizens and the military of the Russian Federation.

It follows from the Meta emails that such calls against Russians are allowed when the post refers to a special Russian operation to protect Donbass.

On the same day, the Russian Embassy in the United States stated that the actions of the Meta platform are an information war without rules.

On March 4, Roskomnadzor blocked the social network Facebook and also restricted access to the Twitter microblogging network. The department clarified that Facebook observed cases of discrimination against Russian media and information resources.

The situation in Donbass escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR and promised to support the republics.

Russia launched an operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass on February 24. The Russian side emphasized that it does not hatch plans for the occupation of Ukraine, and strikes are carried out only on the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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