Russia adds META to its list of ‘terrorist and extremist’ organizations


Russia’s financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring has added US tech giant Meta Platforms Inc to its list of “terrorists and extremists”, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday.

A Moscow court rejected an appeal by Meta in June after being found guilty of “extremist activity” in Russia in March. In court, META’s lawyer at the time stated that META was not committing extremist activity and was against Russophobia.

It’s worth noting that Russia earlier this year restricted Meta’s access to social media platforms, which include Facebook and Instagram, within its borders. It has also blocked access to the micro-blogging platform, Twitter, within its borders in the wake of Moscow sending thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24.

Russia initially banned Facebook for restricting access to Russian media, while Instagram was targeted when Meta said it was sending social media users in Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow. Will allow the posting of messages urging violence against soldiers killed.

META later narrowed its guidance to restrict calls for the death of the head of state, saying its guidance should never be interpreted as committing violence against Russians in general.

— Reuters

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