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Facebook and Instagram banned in Russia as 'extremist'

The two services are already blocked in Russia
ILLUSTRATION - Facebook is giving itself a new name - Meta, as part of its efforts to develop a VR-focused platform it's calling the Metaverse. Photo: Fabian Sommer/dpa.
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Facebook and Instagram were banned on Monday by a Russian court as "extremist" organizations, after an application by the prosecutor general.

The two services are already blocked in Russia; the messenger service WhatsApp, which also belongs to the US group Meta, is not affected by the ruling, according to the court.

The background to the move is a decision by Meta not to remove calls for violence against Russian troops in Ukraine.

Twitter is also currently blocked in Russia.

Facebook and Instagram banned in Russia as 'extremist'
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