The agency also demanded that Roskomnadzor block Instagram, which belongs to Meta. Sergey Boyarsky, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications, said that all Meta services will be blocked in Russia in the near future.
The UK, in turn, initiated a criminal case against Meta employees on public calls to carry out extremist activities and on facilitating terrorist activities (280 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and 205.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The case was initiated “in connection with illegal calls for murder and violence against citizens of the Russian Federation.”
Instagram Facebook and Instagram posts, as well as death wishes to the Presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, announced on March 11 that Meta would not delete threats and calls for violence against the Russian military in some countries. Meta stressed that “calls for violence against Russian civilians are still not allowed.”
Facebook was blocked in Russia on March 4. The official reason was called “discrimination of the Russian media” due to the restriction by the administration of the social network of access to their materials of publications associated with the Russian authorities.