Russia includes Meta in its register of extremist and dangerous organizations
The Ministry of Justice of Russia has included this Friday the technological giant Goal, matrix of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, in the registration of extremist organizations for allowing calls for violence against Russians. The list, published on the Justice website, has been updated today with the inclusion of Meta, declared a terrorist organization by a Russian court on March 21 of this yeara decision that was ratified by the Russian Justice after the corresponding appeal last June.
On October 11, the Russian Federal Financial Monitoring Service, also included Meta in the list of organizations linked to terrorism and extremism, which allows Russian banks freeze the funds of this organization. These decisions do not extend to Meta’s WhatsApp messaging service, since does not contain functions for public dissemination of informationaccording to the Russian authorities.
After Facebook and Instagram were declared extremists, these services were left formally blocked. However, the Prosecutor’s Office did not classify the use of social networks as participation in extremist activities, which is why many Russians still access social networks through VPNs.
The reason for this process was the temporary lifting by Meta of the ban on residents of various countries to publish information with calls for violence. against Russian citizens following the “special military operation” launched by the Kremlin against Ukraine.
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