A Russian court bans Facebook and Instagram as extremist

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A Russian court has banned Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, for “extremist activities.” WhatsApp is excluded from the ruling, however. Kirill Kudryavtsev /AFP via Getty Images

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A Russian court has banned Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, for “extremist” activities, making its work in Russia illegal. The decision excludes WhatsApp, which Meta also owns.

The ruling immediately bans Facebook and Instagram from Russia, where both platforms are already blocked. Russian authorities are

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