11 Mar 2022 15:48

Russian Prosecutor General's Office demands Roskomnadzor restrict access to Instagram

MOSCOW. March 11 (Interfax) - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has requested that Russia's telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor restrict access to Instagram in light of the dissemination of materials containing calls for acts of violence against Russians, including servicemen.

"In light of that, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office has demanded that Roskomnadzor block access to the Instagram social network," the oversight agency said in a statement.

Facebook was earlier "deemed to be involved in violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms and the rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation guaranteeing freedom of the press, among other things," the Prosecutor General's Office said.

Roskomnadzor has already restricted access to Facebook based on this decision.

Due to the Russian Armed Forces' special military operation to protect the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, "information materials containing calls for violent actions against citizens of the Russian Federation, including servicemen, are spread on the Instagram social network, and information containing calls on citizens in the Russian Federation for violent mass disturbances is regularly published," it said.