On March 14, the social network Instagram will be blocked in the Russian Federation. Millions of Russian users chatted with friends, shared photos, and made money. However, from now on, this will not happen.
Why was it banned?
Against the background of the Russian-Ukrainian war, bloggers did not comment on the sanctions imposed on Russia and the boycott of Russian markets by brands. Videos have spread on social networks of Russians taking out famous brands in garbage cans, smashing smartphones, and giving them up.
However, many people still do not recognize why the company makes such decisions, pay attention to history, and express their outrage. As they study abroad, flights to Paris continue to make money on YouTube. While Ukrainians on their land suffer from Russian aggression, defending their homes and losing relatives.
Dozens of global companies with various industries refuse to work in Russia or limit their activities in the country.
On the eve of the Prosecutor General’s Office filed, a lawsuit to recognize Meta as an extremist organization. The company’s activities in the country are also prohibited. In particular, it is available on Instagram.
The reason for the attitude of the services of users from Ukraine and other countries is to publish calls for violence against the Russian military against the background of a full-scale invasion of our state. For example, “death to the Russian occupiers.” Earlier, the platform blocked users for such statements, calling it “hate speech.”
In response to such permission, Russia will block Instagram on its territory from March 14.
Instagram leader Adam Mosseri called it a “terrible situation.” According to him, this decision will cut off 80 million people in Russia from each other and the rest of the world.
Which sites have been blocked?
Probably one of the most painful news for Russian citizens was the blocking of Instagram.
Tens of thousands of Russian people made money on it, sold their services, and opened online stores. And here, at one point, their whole life in this social network ends.
Russian influencers publish stories and posts stating that they are “shocked,” noting that blocking the social network is “very hard .”For Instagram bloggers, this is not only an opportunity to communicate with family and friends, post photos from the holiday but also work.
Against the threat of losing the audience, popular users with millions of subscribers are actively asking people to start following them on Telegram. In particular, for greater motivation, prizes are offered for this: cars, equipment, and money. Some motivate users to follow them on other social networks due to provocative questions, the answers to which they can find only there.
However, some bloggers can’t hold back their tears instead of being shocked or trying to move the audience to other social networks. They express their love for subscribers and tell how they will miss Instagram. Meetings with relevant specialists are also arranged for psychological support against the background of “loss.”
The loss for Russians on YouTube is not as great as on Instagram. Content on YouTube is much harder to create, and therefore people who earn less on it. After all, not everyone will be able to shoot a quality video, and not everyone will be able to buy quality equipment for this.
Many Russians have invested heavily in developing their YouTube channel. It’s not just about advertising but also technology. After all, high-quality video requires good lighting, a quality camera, video editing, a director, etc. And it all costs a lot of money, and the Russians spent money on it. And this is another minus for the Russians and a tragedy.
It’s no secret that middle-aged people and seniors are sitting on Facebook. Young people are mostly focused on Instagram. But this did not prevent Russians from using Facebook. But for them, this loss is not great because, as they say: they “somehow lived without him.”
In fact, on this site, of course, the Russians made money, but not as on Instagram or YouTube, but this site is still more fun. But it is also forbidden for Russians. The Russians cried for him no less than for Instagram, and they just have nowhere to put their tears. The Russians have the best adult hookup sites for the elderly that are freely available, so the loss of Porn Hub is not so great.
Russians are outraged by the aggression against them and, in response, begin to boycott the social network, noting that they will not use it because it calls for hatred against Russian citizens.
It is worth noting that the trends on Twitter and Instagram pages currently contain tags dedicated to “Russophobia .”For example, #Russophobia and #StopHatingRussians.
At the same time, some bloggers emphasize that now is not the time to be sad on social media, even when they are very important in your life. Against the background of blocking, people are losing their creativity and work, but it is worth thinking about why it is happening and how to stop it. The ban on Instagram and the refusal of global companies to operate in the Russian market are just the beginning of Russia’s isolation from the world.