Russian social media influencers react to Russia's Instagram ban

Instagram’s ban went into effect Monday.

Popular sosiale media stars who have amassed millions of followers posted tearful videos in which they hinted that their livelihoods as they knew it have been upended.

Olga Buzova, who is reportedly a reality TV star in Rusland, informed her 23.3 million followers on Instagram that she felt as if her life wasbeing taken away” van haar.

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I am not afraid of admitting that I do not want to lose you,” the 36-year-old said to her 23.2 miljoen volgelinge, according to Insider.

In her seven-minute-long video, Buzova went on to say that she doesn’tknowwhat the future holds.

“Ek weet nie. I just shared my life, my work and my soul. I did not do this all as a job for me — this is a part of my soul. It feels like a big part of my heart and my life is being taken away from me,” het sy bygevoeg, volgens die verslag.

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Another blogger, whose name has not been identified, was the subject of some tweets for a video she posted in which she cried over the ban.

“Aan my, it’s all life. It’s the soul. It’s the one thing with which I wake up, fall asleep. F–king five years in a row,” the blogger said in Russian, volgens berigte.

Another influencer named Valeria Chekalina said goodbye in a post on her Instagram, wat het 10.5 miljoen volgelinge. She added that she will still be using the Telegram app but said she knows not everyone uses it.

Russian regulators said Friday that the country’s internet users will be blocked from accessing Instagram, saying it’s being used to call for violence against Russian soldiers.

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Communications and media regulator Roskomnadzor said in 'n verklaring that it’s restricting national access to Instagram. It said the platform is spreadingcalls to commit violent acts against Russian citizens, including military personnel.

Roskomnadzor cited a Donderdag twiet by Meta spokesman Andy Stone conveying a company statement saying it hadmade allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules on violent speech, such as ‘death to the Russian invaders’.

The Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device

The Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Stone’s statement followed a Reuters report that Meta was making a temporary change to its hate speech policy to allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Oekraïne invasion.

The statement stressed that the companystill won’t allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians.

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Facebook parent Meta Platforms, which also owns Instagram, on Friday defended what it described as a temporary decisiontaken in extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances.

I want to be crystal clear: Our policies are focused on protecting people’s rights to speech as an expression of self-defense in reaction to a military invasion of their country,” said a statement Friday from Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs.

“Die feit is, if we applied our standard content policies without any adjustments we would now be removing content from ordinary Ukrainians expressing their resistance and fury at the invading military forces, which would rightly be viewed as unacceptable,” Clegg added.

He noted that the policy only applies in Ukraine and the company hasn’t changed its policies against hate speech targeting Russian people.

Associated Press het bygedra tot hierdie verslag.

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