A Russian court has ruled that Meta is involved in “extremist activities”, an order that applies to the company’s previously banned Facebook and Instagram services. Reported Russian news service Novaya Gazeta. Meta’s WhatsApp has been removed from the order.
The ruling upheld a lawsuit filed by Russian prosecutors banning Meta business inside the country, Reuters reported. ReportedCiting a judicial press service statement. The decision comes after the Kremlin earlier this month. In response to the platform’s alleged “discrimination” against Russian media, as well as a change that allows war-affected people in Ukraine to publish posts calling for violence against “Russian invaders” ۔
Meta did not immediately return a request for comment.
Facebook said earlier this month that it would temporarily allow posts in Ukraine.Against attacks on Russian armed forces. The change is an update to the company’s hate speech policy, which prohibits users from posting violent posts.
In the lawsuit, the Russian prosecutor argued that extremist material was available on Facebook and Instagram, pointing to photos of Adolf Hitler posted on Instagram in 2016, Novaya Gazeta reported. The prosecutor also claimed that Facebook users had demanded violence against Russian citizens as well as Russian military personnel in Ukraine.
Meta World Affairs President Nick Clegg issued a statement on Twitter on March 11 in response to the news that Russia was considering labeling the company an extremist organization.
“I want to be very clear: our policies focus on protecting the right of the people to speak in defense of their military response to a military attack on their country,” Clegg wrote. “We have no quarrel with the Russian people.”
Facebook’s policy update allows for violent posts referring to the war in Ukraine aimed at the Russian government and military. According to the company, it is designed to give Ukrainians a chance to defend their country on social media.
With Mussaddiq Bedar reporting.