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Russian financial monitoring agency Rosfinmonitoring has taken action against the American company Meta Platforms Inc.
Russia on Tuesday added US tech giant Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, to a list of “terrorist and extremist” organizations, according to the Rosfinmonitoring database of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service.
Russia banned Facebook and Instagram in late March for “conducting extremist activities” after authorities accused Met of condoning “Russophobia” during Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.
A Moscow court rejected Meta’s appeal in June after it was found guilty of “extremist activity” in Russia in March. In court at the time, Meta’s lawyer said Meta was not carrying out extremist activity and was against “Russophobia”.
Meta announced on March 10 that the platform would allow statements such as “death to Russian invaders” but not credible threats against civilians, before saying the change only affected users posting from Ukraine.
Facebook and Instagram have been unavailable in Russia since March, but many Russians have resorted to VPNs to continue using the social media network.
Instagram is particularly popular in Russia and used to be a key platform for advertising and sales.
Billions of people use Meta around the world.
The decision puts Meta on the same list as right-wing nationalist groups, foreign terrorist organizations including the Taliban, and Russian opposition groups.