Considered “extremist activities”, Facebook and Instagram are banned in Russia

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On Monday, a Moscow court rejected the appeal of Metathe parent company of Facebook and D ‘instagram, which denied accusations of extremism made by Russia. He is considered to be doing “extremist activities”, Facebook and instagram they are now banned in Russia. In accordance with Reuters, the company’s lawyer, Victoria Shagina, told magistrates that Meta did not engage in extremist activities in Russia and was opposed to Russophobia. Arguments that did not convince justice.

At the heart of this legal battle is Russia’s decision to ban Facebook from restricting access to Russian media content to its members. Meta had justified this blockade by the fact that its platform independently verifies the content published online and shows it publications warnings about the content of four Russian public media. Then Russia had locked access to Instagram, guilty of stopping moderating posts and comments claiming violence against Vladimir Putin and his troops sent to Ukraine.

WhatsApp is not affected

It should be noted that the term “extremist” was usually reserved for groups such as the Taliban and the Islamic State, but has also recently been applied to Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Alexei Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation, which has been imprisoned since returning to Russia. after escaping poisoning. Despite this ban, Facebook and Instagram are accessible in Russia, but neither Meta nor its members can monetize the content.

According to the agency Tass, the activity of How are you in Russian territory it would not be affected by this ban, but Meta has no right to take advantage of it. ” The decision does not apply to the messenger’s activities How are you of Meta, for its lack of functionality for the diffusion public information, read the court statement.

Twitter, Facebook, Google, VPN … How Russia censors content on the Internet

Since the invasion of Ukraine, the regulator Russian telecommunications company Roskomnadzor has forced Google to remove tens of thousands of new URLs that link to resources accessible to VPN. This includes foreign and local media that refuse to play with state propaganda. TwitterFacebook and YouTube are also affected by this censorship.

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For Russia, all means are good for the local population not to have access to any images or information related to the invasion of Ukraine. A tacit censorship that began with a law banning the media from using the term “invasion.” It is considered a ” fake news “i is sentenced to 15 years in prison ! That is why the Russian media, not linked to the government, have decided not to write more articles about the situation in Ukraine or that the main international newspapers have asked their journalists to leave the country.

Another recent government decision is to block Twitter, Facebook and YouTube from Russian territory. Again, this is to prevent access to articles and videos that report on the news at the front since the start of the war in Ukraine. New stage in this witch hunt Made in Russia, censorship of content offered on Google. More specifically, the Russian telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor forced the search engine to remove tens of thousands of new links pointing to “banned” content. Prohibited, because it is accessible VPNprivate networks.

A law prohibits VPNs and proxies

It should be noted that in Russia, since the end of 2012, a law has blacklisted and blocked websites, publications and online news that challenge the official speech of the government. As explained Torrent Freakthis law was strengthened in 2019 by blocking all tools that hide it IP address, and therefore to identify yourself on the net. A law that limits and prohibits the use of VPN, Tor and tools like proxies. The only condition for publishers to continue their activity: to facilitate access to their data servers

That’s why Google complied with the Russian regulator’s will and de-indexed links pointing to “banned” sites to make inaccessible articles from local and foreign media that reflect the reality in Ukraine. To delete the deleted content and the source of this deletion, our colleagues are confident the Lumen database. This standalone site lists all requests to remove links every day, and these are often copyright issues. Except that since February 22, two days before Russia entered Ukraine, Google has been forced to remove hundreds of links a day. Even thousands like last March 5th.

Towards a sovereign Internet cut off from the world

Soon, Roskomnadzor will no longer need to monitor the networks, as Russia simply plans to disconnect fromInternet world, and use only controlled servers located in your territory. VPNs will then become useless, as it will be impossible to change them IP address and use an international address.

No global international filtering will be required, as there will simply be no external traffic by default, except walkways under the full control of Rostelecom and othersanalyzes Alexey Shkittin, a Russian opponent, under house arrest because his company was a marketing tool to anonymize his IP address. Internal traffic will be decrypted by DPI(In-depth package inspection) and blocked if necessary. It will be impossible to build a VPN gateway, as well as use browser-built bypass systems. Thus, the planned sovereign Internet is essentially a closed system at the structural level of network management, or a sovereign segment of the international network, which operates according to the global Internet model but is completely separate from it.. »

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