The General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation urged this Friday the Supreme Court of the Eurasian country to declare the transnational company Meta, owner of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, as an extremist organization, with the legal consequences that derive from it.
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Following Meta’s decision to allow incitement to violence against the Russian military on Facebook and Instagram platforms, many netizens have reconsidered their attitude towards Mark Zuckerberg’s company.
Those users agree that a private platform should not decide if someone can be attacked online.
Hours ago, after a leak of internal Meta documents, it became known that the corporation would allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against the Russians and the Russian Army in the context of the special military operation in Ukraine. , as well as calling for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko.
With this, Meta changes the policy of prohibiting hate speech on digital social networks and would apply to countries such as Russia, Ukraine and Poland, as well as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.
Company spokesman Andy Stone later acknowledged that Meta lifted its ban on inciting violence against the Russian military, but not against civilians.
It also emerged that Moscow is waiting for an official response from Meta Corporation to calls for violence against citizens of the Russian Federation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
“Western media write that due to the situation in Ukraine, the American digital monopoly Meta will allow Facebook and Instagram users in ‘some countries’ to call for violence against Russian citizens. We are waiting for the official reaction of the corporation (. ..) Is there someone in the corporation who initiated and approved such a document?” Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel.