Published On: Fri, Feb 16th, 2018

Russia asks Instagram to block ‘Navalny’s posts’

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The Russian government has asked the social media platform, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, to block the controversial contents posted by the country’s prime opposition leader, Alexei Navalny.

Though the contents uploaded in the social media platform, the opposition leader raised serious allegations against the Russian government which is ruled by the autocratic President, Vladimir Putin.

The move adopted by Facebook clearly contrasts with the measures initiated by YouTube, which is owned by Google.

Recently, in the YouTube channel controlled by the organisation led by the opposition leader, several evidences which prove the authenticity of the allegations raised against the Putin-led government were uploaded.

Tens of thousands of people watched and shared the videos through the social media platform, giving tension to the ruling regime.

Even though the Russian government immediately acted against the move triggered by the opposition, the Google’s platform showed no enthusiasm to obey the orders made by the autocratic country.

Now, it seems that those lead the world’s largest and biggest social media platform have no courage to stand firmly against an effort targeted to stifle the freedom of speech, a freedom which all liberal organisations born in the US soil offer and stand for.

Does Facebook have many things to lose than Google in the Russian soil? Why can’t the social media platform choose the freedom of speech over an autocrat’s blessing?

 

Vignesh. S. G

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Russia asks Instagram to block ‘Navalny’s posts’