Influencers post tearful farewells as Russia media regulator shuts down Instagram after parent company Meta allows calls for violence
Russia has shut down Instagram in the country, after parent company Meta said it would allow some “calls for violence” in the context of the invasion of Ukraine.
State media regulator Roskomnadzor announced the ban on Friday and gave Russian users a 48-hour grace period to notify their followers and switch to other platforms, ending at midnight on Sunday.
Meta said last week it would temporarily allow users in some countries to call for violence against Russian president Vladimir Putin and Russian soldiers.
It said it would allow violent posts such as “death to the Russian invaders” that normally break its rules.