In the announcement of the move, Russian regulators quoted a decision by parent company Meta to allow postings on Instagram and Facebook calling for violence against Russians. The US company has made exceptions to its policy of inciting violence as long as the post is political. Meta said that expressions of Russian troops invading Ukraine would continue to ban normal calls for violence against Russian citizens.
“The Russian government has decided to block Instagram in Russia and block millions of people from loved ones and friends around the world,” Instagram director Adam Mosseri said in a video response. I am saying. Follow accounts from outside Russia. The situation is horrifying and we are trying to do everything we can to keep people safe. “
The platform gained emotions on Sunday among Russians who were about to lose the thousands of dollars they received to promote their various products, gaining access to millions of followers accumulated over the years.
“I’m writing this article now and I’m crying,” writes Russian reality television star Olga Buzova.
Russian authorities had already blocked access to Facebook on March 4 due to discrimination against Russian national media on the platform. This has shut down one of the most popular platforms for organizing demonstrations, with Kremlin critics expressing their views.
Instagram bans are the latest example of how Russian citizens are isolated from other parts of the world as a result of Moscow’s war with Ukraine.
Since Russia’s President Vladimir Puttin launched its invasion on February 24, his government has also turned to Russia’s broader opposition as part of its efforts to quell domestic dissent in response to the war. Unplugged the radio and television networks. He was arrested for trying to protest the aggression.
After US and European sanctions on the Central Bank of Russia prompted the ruble to plunge, a number of international companies announced their withdrawal from the Russian market or suspension of operations in Ukraine because of the war in Ukraine. Wide access to popular consumer products such as Ikea furniture, H & M clothing and Starbucks coffee.
But perhaps nothing is more isolated than excluding Russians from social media platforms that connect them directly to other users around the world.
According to market data company Statista, Instagram will have about 60 million users in Russia in 2021, accounting for about 40% of the country’s population. The platform is also a great source of income for users who raise cash from sponsors by posting promotional content. The number of Russians who can access Instagram using a virtual private network (VPN) is unknown.
The closure of Instagram isn’t just about Russian influencers parading designer brands for millions of followers.
Russians who use Instagram to stay in touch with friends, post artistic photos, share images of children, write goodbye notes, and Telegram, a messenger service that continues to be available in Russia. I share my account information.
Hundreds of small businesses, from tattoo studios to auto repair shops, lament the loss of the platform that has long been the primary sales tool. Russian charities raising money on Instagram are also upset.
“Instagram is more than just a photo. It’s also a lot of work and an opportunity to do good deeds,” a Moscow dog shelter called Husky Help posted on Instagram’s profile. For shelters, Instagram “represents a community that has been amazed for years” and “one of the main tools to help dogs.”
Instagram’s ban has also affected a small number of Russians who have spoken publicly against the war, separating them from millions of Russians.
Russian media personality Xenia Sobchak, who left the country for criticizing the war, posted a photo of herself in a black lace funeral dress and followed her to 9 million followers on Telegram and other services. I taught you how to do it.
Nastya Ivleeva, a Russian influencer with 18.9 million followers on Instagram, posted a picture of a pigeon and called on Russian authorities to stop the war in Ukraine.
In another deleted post, she said, “Six years of creativity, inspiration, motivation, discovery, achievement, and achievement are flying straight into the hole in hell.”
Russia has not stopped access to YouTube. It is used by some opposition-oriented Russians to obtain information about the war in Ukraine and bypass state news promotion. Russian press is not allowed to call the conflict a war and instead violates new domestic law threatened in prison for up to 15 years for those who publish “counterfeit” about the war in Ukraine “Special military operations” to avoid doing.
TikTok will continue to be accessible in Russia, but after Putin signed the new law on March 4, social networking sites have prevented Russian users from uploading videos.
As we said goodbye to Instagram, many Russian influencers have posted a QR code that users can follow on Telegram instead and a link to their profile on Russia’s nationally managed social networking platform VK. In Telegram, Instagram rules prevent sharing.
Oksana Samoylova, a Russian Instagram influencer with 15.2 million followers, said she was writing a Telegram post until 3:30 am on Sunday and noticed how much it was bottled due to Instagram rules. ..
“You will soon meet my alter ego. In fact, not my alter ego. In fact, I can be more and more open, so you will get to know me closer.”
By Sunday afternoon, Samoylov said that users couldn’t access her Instagram profile, even when using a VPN, because it was already past midnight in the Russian Far East.
Karina Nigay, a Russian fashion influencer with 2.9 million followers, posted her photo of “hysteria” embraced by a young man.
“This is my job. Imagine you are completely dismissed from your job and have no income at all. At the same time, you incur family and team costs. When you have subordinates, you suddenly get to the team. I have nothing to pay. “
She later showed a positive attitude towards the situation, saying it was good for Russian fashion brands. She has already remade the wardrobe and said it features 80% Russian clothing. Nigay is cut out by a social media platform called “Lusogram”.
Ukrainian followers responded to aversion to Russians lamenting the closure of their Instagram profile. “Wow, these are some of the problems you have,” one Ukrainian follower wrote in a comment to Nigay’s video. She said, “Another person said.
Nigay tried to keep out such comments and rejected them as a “propaganda story” in her live video.
“Listen to people writing all sorts of filth, all these propaganda stories, I will never give s —,” Nigay said.
The Hollywood apocalypse comedy “Don’t Look Up” scene was talked about on Sunday as an explanation of how Russian social media influencers feel. In the scene, a Jonah Hill character with a Hermes Birkin bag crawls from underneath the debris. He takes out the iPhone to shoot the erased world, and himself.
“What’s wrong?” Hill’s character says to the camera. “I’m the last guy on the planet. All S — are f —. Don’t forget to subscribe as you like!”