Moscow Court Bans Meta From Russia For Alleged “Extremist Activities”

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A Moscow court on Monday ruled that the tech giant Meta carried out “extremist activities” and banned it in Russia, according to an official statement published by the court’s press service.

“On March 21, 2022, the Moscow Tverskoy District Court satisfied the demand… to ban the activities of the Meta Platforms Inc. holding company on the territory of the Russian Federation,” the statement said.

“The activity of the products of the American multinational holding company Meta Platforms Inc. — social networks Facebook and Instagram — is prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation for carrying out extremist activities,” the statement said.

The decision does not apply to Meta’s WhatsApp messenger “due to the lack of functions for the public dissemination of information,” the statement added.

The court’s decision takes effect immediately, according to the judge, according to the Russian state news agency TASS.

The court case was initiated from a complaint by the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. Facebook and Instagram have already been blocked in Russia for two weeks, so it is not clear what consequences the case may have for social networks within the country.

Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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