As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, the nation has stated that Instagram will be banned on Monday.
This comes as Russia claims that Instagram’s parent company, Meta, is allowing users who have been affected by the Russian invasion to use the site to make postings “including demands for violence against Russian people on its platforms,” according to CBS News
People have until Monday, March 14 at midnight to move their photographs and videos to other sites.
Late Friday, Instagram’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, spoke out about the incident, calling Russia’s action “wrong.” “This decision would isolate 80 million Russians from one another and from the rest of the world,” he added, noting that “80% of Russians follow an Instagram account outside their nation.” This is incorrect.”
“I want to be crystal clear: our policies are focused on protecting people’s rights to speech as an expression of self-defense in response to a military invasion of their country,” said Nick Clegg, president of Meta’s Global Affairs, in response to Russia’s claims that the company is a “extremist organization.”
“This is a temporary decision made in extraordinary and unique circumstances,” he continued. In the coming months, we will continue to monitor the situation.
A Meta spokeswoman told CBS that the company’s rule on violent speech had been lifted, allowing “people affected by conflict to vent violent feelings toward invading armed forces.”
As the invasion continues, numerous corporations have announced that their services and products in Russia would be suspended in the next weeks. Netflix and TikTok, as previously reported, have lately been added to the list of firms whose services have been halted.