WhatsApp was not included in the distribution.
The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow banned Meta's activities in Russia, recognizing the organization as extremist. The work of Facebook and Instagram should be suspended “immediately”.
Users of these services will not be held liable, the representative of the Prosecutor General's Office explained. However, buying ads on Facebook and Instagram is now prohibited, as is any commercial activity related to them.
The media are also required to mark social networks as banned in Russia and remove all their logos – they are also banned.
All these restrictions do not apply to the WhatsApp messenger, also owned by Meta.
Facebook and Instagram were blocked in Russia in early March at the request of Roskomnadzor.