Russia Follows Through Banning Instagram, Following Similar Move for Facebook, Twitter

Russia also has banned Facebook, Twitter.

The Russian government on Monday reportedly made good on its vow to ban Instagram, making the social media platform inaccessible to the vast majority of the country’s population.

The ban was reported by several news outlets including the tech news outlet The Verge, based on information from the internet monitoring service GlobalCheck.

Russia had vowed for days to ban the picture and short-form video platform, following similar bans on Twitter and Facebook, as residents search for information about that country’s weeks-long invasion of neighboring Ukraine. 

Facebook and Instagram are owned by parent company Meta.

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri tweeted last week that Russia making good on its plan to ban the site would disconnect 80 million in Russia from one another and the rest of the world, considering about 80% of people in Russia follow an Instagram account outside their country. 

Russia has sought to control and shape the narrative about the invasion, while Instagram has reportedly provided a platform for Russians to speak out against it.

Reporting from Just The News.