Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, could soon be banned in Russia as an ‘extremist organisation’.

The Kremlin also announced it’s blocking Instagram, a move that will affect some 80 million users.

This is all in response to Meta announcing a change in its hate speech policy, allowing violent posts in some instances.

There’s now a partial exception when the target are Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

Users are even allowed to call for Vladimir Putin’s death.

But what are the consequences of this change in policy?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan

Guests:

Mahsa Alimardani – Internet Researcher at Oxford Internet Institute.

Amy Binns – Senior Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire.

Tim Squirrell – Head of Communication and Editorial at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

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