On March 4, Russia’s communication regulator Roscomnadzor has confirmed that the main Meta’s social networks Facebook and Instagram are banned in the country. According to the organization, the blockage is a response to the restrictions related to Russian state media channels on both platforms. More details are below.
As Russia’s statement says, 26 acts of discrimination have been registered since October 2020, including the most recent restrictions related to the RIA news agency and the RT channel. This move has escalated the conflict between the big tech companies and the Russian government more than ever. While the slowdowns and fines were a low cost for servicing Russian users, the total blockage makes it impossible to interact with local audiences financially. The social networks are still available via VPN services, but the options are limited to viewing the content as monetization became impossible.
Nick Clegg, Meta's head of global affairs, claimed that the company is doing all things possible to restore the services in Russia to provide its citizens with alternative sources of information. Some reports show that Instagram is still available to a certain percentage of users, but most people have to use VPN to make the app work correctly. It’s also clear that using Instagram with VPN is quite difficult because of low connection speed, especially if you are using a free service.
What Is Real Discrimination
During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian government is restricting independent media in the country following the so-called laws of the military time without even declaring the state of martial law. What is your opinion about the actions of Russian regulators? Tell us what you think in the comments below and share the news on social media to inform more people about the unlawful actions of the Russian government.