“On Monday, Instagram will be blocked in Russia. This decision will cut off 80 million in Russia from each other and from the rest of the world, because about 80% of people in Russia subscribe to accounts outside the country. This is wrong,” Mozzery wrote on Twitter.
Earlier on Friday, Roskomnadzor restricted access to the social media platform Instagram in the country at the request of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office because of calls for violence against Russians.
Meta Platforms has temporarily lifted its ban on calls for violence against the Russian military but not against Russian civilians on Facebook and Instagram in light of the events in Ukraine, company spokesman Andy Stone said earlier. According to Reuters, the new policy also allows calls for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.