The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, confirmed that the social network will be blocked by Roskomnazor in Russia from March 14.
Mosseri considers this decision erroneous. He said that blocking the social network would deprive 80 million Russian users of communication with each other and with the rest of the world. According to him, about 80% of users in Russia are subscribed to foreign accounts of other Instagram clients.
According to the Association of Professional Users of Social Networks and Messengers (bbabo.netPSIM), Russian Instagram users began to migrate en masse to Vkontakte and Telegram. The income of all top bloggers from direct advertising integrations on Instagram was $100 million per year. 10 to 100 thousand subscribers - 255 thousand people, from 5 to 10 thousand subscribers - 268 thousand, from 2 to 5 thousand subscribers - 755 thousand ... In total, there are 38 million authors in the social network (people who posted at least one post), ”explained representative of bbabo.netPSIM. In his opinion, bloggers will prioritize Vkontakte, because many Instagram users care about stories, while Telegram does not have stories.
On March 11, Roskomnadzor gave Russian Instagram users two days until March 14 to transfer their photo and video materials to other social networks. Starting next Monday, the American service will be blocked in the country at the direction of the Prosecutor General's Office for allowing the publication of calls for violence against Russian citizens.
To download their data from Instagram, the user needs to go to a special page of the social network, where you can order an archive of your own publications and content in HTML or JSON format. An archive request can take up to 48 hours to be processed. The link to the archive will be available 4 days after its generation.
Vice President of Meta Platforms Nick Clegg said that the new content moderation rules will apply only on the territory of Ukraine. Clegg also indicated that the company will not tolerate Russophobia or other forms of discrimination against Russians on the platform. His statements were made after the consideration of the situation by the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation and no longer affect the current definitions and instructions in this case.
On March 5, Roskomnadzor restricted access to the Twitter website in Russia on the basis of Article 15.3 of the federal law "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection."
On March 4, 2022, Roskomnadzor announced the blocking of Facebook as a response to restricting access to Russian media. The regulator began blocking access to the Facebook network (owned by Meta Platforms, Inc.) in Russia.