In Donetsk region, Russia-backed separatists blocked Facebook and Instagram
A Russia-backed separatist group in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) says it has blocked access to Facebook and Instagram in the districts it has been controlling since 2014.
In a statement on May 11, 2022, the separatists said they made this “to protect DNR residents from banned information that imposes a threat to their lives.”
“Access to Meta’s social networks — Facebook and Instagram — has been blocked on the territory of the republic,” the statement says, “to prevent the distribution of child pornography, contents propagating drugs, suicides, and other banned information, including contents with extremist and terrorist connotations.”
Meta Platforms has yet to comment on the announcement, which comes as Russia continues to restrict online information about its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.