The Facebook group Meta has been recognized as an extremist organization in Russia, according to a court ruling. The Attorney General’s Office had filed a corresponding complaint. However, ordinary users should not be held responsible.
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A Moscow court on Monday classified the Facebook group Meta as an “extremist organization” and banned it. The decision takes effect immediately. The Attorney General’s office justified their request with the desire to protect Russians from further violations of their rights. According to the indictment, extremist information threatens both individuals and society as a whole. However, the prosecutor assured the court that Facebook and Instagram users would not be held liable if they circumvent the blocking.
The messenger service WhatsApp will not be blocked for the time being. The authorities assume that the service does not have a “function for the public dissemination of information”.
Two prosecutors, representatives of the domestic intelligence service FSB and the media regulator Roskomnadzor were present at the hearing. Meta was represented by two attorneys.
Russia’s Attorney General’s Office had previously called for the company’s activities to be banned. The background was a decision by the US company to allow calls for violence against Russian troops in Ukraine. For this reason, Roskomnadzor restricted access to Instagram and Facebook in Russia.
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