21 Mar 2022 16:28

Instagram ignored Roskomnadzor's demand to delete over 4,600 fakes about Ukraine operation - case materials

MOSCOW. March 21 (Interfax) - The Instagram social media network, whose parent organization is Meta Platforms Inc., ignored demands issued by Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor to delete thousands of fakes dealing with the special operation in Ukraine and materials calling on citizens to take part in unauthorized demonstrations.

"Instagram ignored Roskomnadzor's demands to remove 1,860 materials with calls for participation in unsanctioned large-scale events against the activities of the Russian Federation, as well as 4,617 materials containing false information about the ongoing military operation," Judge Olga Solopova said when reading out the case materials during a session of Moscow's Tverskoi Court, which is hearing a request to ban Meta's operations in Russia.

Such fake reports mainly dealt with "the course and the methods of the special operation, as well as casualties among the civilian population of Ukraine," the case materials said.

According to them, Meta Platforms Inc. failed to take measures to delete materials of an extremist nature.

"In view of the above-said, the activities of Meta Platforms Inc. jeopardize the security of the Russian Federation and may pose a threat to the life and health of citizens of the Russian Federation," according to the materials submitted to the court by the claimant.