About 80 million people in Russia are set to lose interaction with Instagram users outside their country as Russia is set to ban the app. The decision to ban Instagram in Russia comes after Facebook allowed posts calling for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin in several countries, including Russia, Ukraine and Poland.
The restrictions will go into effect at the end of the day Sunday, giving Russian users “an additional 48 hours” to transfer their photos and videos to other social networks and notify their contacts and subscribers, the government body added.
As mentioned by the Russian communication agency, “messages are circulating on the Instagram social network encouraging and provoking violent acts against Russians, in connection with which the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office demanded that Roskomnadzor restrict access to this social network”. While Instagram and Facebook will remain banned in the country from March 14, citizens will be able to access WhatsApp as there is no ban on the messaging application as yet.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, which it claimed was a response to calls from the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk for protection against attacks by Ukrainian troops.