A Russian court on Monday identified Meta, Facebook’s newly formed parent company, as an “extremist organization.”
This designation means that Facebook and Instagram will be blocked in the country. This could mean that all commercial activity and display of signs associated with the brand may be prohibited, Mountains Report
As previously reported by Human News, Earlier this month, Russia blocked access to Facebook due to the platform’s “discrimination against the Russian media.”
Facebook immediately exploded this decision.
“Soon millions of ordinary Russians will find themselves cut off from reliable information, deprived of their daily means of communicating with family and friends, and will cease to speak,” Nick Clegg, meta president of Global Affairs, wrote in a statement on Twitter. “We will continue to do everything we can to restore our services so that they can be safely and securely available to the public to express themselves and organize for action.”
The move comes after the platform announced that it would block Russian outlets from generating advertising revenue, limit Russian state-media and reduce Russian-backed outlets to make them harder to find.