WhatsApp is now targeted in Russia for putting Facebook in the list of ‘terrorists’, demand for ban arose2 min read
Russian MP urges state institutions to stop using WhatsApp messenger
Facebook put on financial watchdog agency Rosfinmonitoring’s list of ‘terrorists and extremists’
Russia blocked Meta’s Facebook and Instagram in March
moscow, In an attempt to distance himself from Western technology, a Russian lawmaker on Wednesday called on state institutions to stop using WhatsApp Messenger. The request to shut down WhatsApp comes after the company was found guilty of extremist activity and placed on the list of ‘terrorists and extremists’ by financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring. Russian Parliament’s deputy head of the committee, Anton Gorelkin, said on Wednesday that he would personally remove the app and recommend a wider ban, according to a report by Reuters news agency.
“I think it is necessary to impose a complete ban on the use of WhatsApp for official purposes by Russian state and municipal employees,” Gorelkin wrote on Telegram. Let us tell you that Russia blocked Meta’s Facebook and Instagram in March, objecting to the ban on Russian media by Facebook and some posts by users in Ukraine.
Tik Tok has also been fined
Russia imposed a heavy fine on the Chinese video streaming app Tik Tok for spreading LGBT propaganda just a few days ago. According to a report by news agency Reuters, the fine was imposed for failing to remove material that violates Russian laws on ‘LGBT propaganda’. Moscow’s Tagansky District Court found during a hearing that TikTok, a subsidiary of Beijing-based IT company ByteDance, violated the country’s laws. The court has imposed a fine of 3 million rubles ($51,000) on Tik Tok. According to the news agency report, TikTok was accused of promoting the wrong side of non-traditional values, LGBT, feminism and traditional sexual values on its platform.
Twitch fined for supporting Ukraine
Streaming service Twitch was forced to conduct a video interview with a Ukrainian political figure. Russia has fined the company 4 million rubles ($68,000) for calling the video interview fake. Amazon-owned Twitch was facing trial over allegations of conducting an interview with Oleksiy Erestovich, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Let us tell you that earlier this year, Twitch was fined 3 million rubles for one such interview.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 20, 2022, 12:04 IST