Since the Russian government blocked Instagram and Facebook in the country, users have rushed to download virtual private networks (VPNs), outpacing demand for VPNs to 2692% higher than usual.
In response to Russia’s war crimes and human rights abuses against Ukrainian citizens, many tech giants and organizations have suspended their services in Russian. Last week, Meta allowed users around the world to send death threats and spread propaganda against Putin’s government.
In response to this, the Russian government completely blocked the Facebook app and Instagram app in the region to prevent users from posting offensive and poorly reviewed information about Russia.
Along with this, TikTok, MasterCard, Netflix and Visa services have also been banned in Russia. Also, web hosting domains like IONOS, GoDaddy, Namecheap no longer provide services to users registered in Russia. In the meantime, they announced that they will provide free anonymous hosting and free product renewal for Ukrainian customers.
Getting back to the point, the Russian state has been targeted by many European countries for its brutality in Ukraine, and they have completely banned Facebook and Instagram.
Russia has already banned several VPN networks in the country. This was primarily done to prevent data breaches and make all networks more secure. In the current situation after the Meta block by Russia due to its policy that allows Ukrainians to post death threats against the Russian military, many Russians have downloaded VPNs to access news and social media apps.
However, it is a good approach that allows users to bypass censored news, and they will get clear facts and figures.
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