"We demand that the US authorities stop the extremist activities of Meta and take measures to bring the perpetrators to justice," the statement said, "Users of Facebook and Instagram did not give the owners of these Internet platforms the right to determine the criteria of truth and pit nations against each other," the Russian Embassy tweeted.
Earlier, Reuters, citing an internal Meta newsletter, reported that in some countries, Facebook and Instagram would not block users' calls for violence against citizens of the Russian Federation, especially against the military. According to its information, Meta's emails indicate that incitement to violence against Russians are allowed when the message explicitly refers to the special military operation in Ukraine. The company's policy changes apply to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine. According to the agency, the company will also temporarily refrain from removing posts calling for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Poland, Russia and Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation. After that, the US, the EU, the UK and a number of other states announced that they would impose sanctions against Russian legal entities and individuals.