The Russian authorities announced on Tuesday the inclusion of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, on its list of “terrorist organizations”, as demanded by the Prosecutor’s Office. The decision has been adopted by the Federal Financial Supervision Service (Rosfinmonitoring), according to the Russian news agency TASS.
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The decision implies that the social media corporation will not have the money to finance its activities in this country. Facebook and Instagram have been banned in the country since last March, when a Moscow court ruled that the apps were “extremist” at the request of the country’s Attorney General’s Office.
The Prosecutor’s Office pointed to Meta as a participant in acts of “terrorist propaganda” and “inciting hatred and enmity with the threat of violence”, while accusing the company of reducing its restrictions on “hate content” towards citizens. Russians, in a decision that “promotes the permissibility of terrorist activities” against the population and military personnel.
In a statement, company spokesman Andy Stone explained that the exceptions were allowed on a temporary basis due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine if they did not include “credible” death threats against Russian civilians. However, Meta allowed calls for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to be issued from Ukraine, Poland and Russia itself.