On Friday (March 11), Russia filed a criminal complaint against Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, and tried to label the social media platform as a “extremist group.”
The action comes after Meta modified its hate speech policies to enable users to urge for violence against Russians in the context of the Ukrainian crisis.
The ramifications of the criminal case were not immediately evident.
In response to a request from Reuters, Meta had no immediate comment.
A Meta representative acknowledged on Thursday (March 10) that, two weeks into Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, the company has temporarily relaxed its restrictions for political expression on Facebook and Instagram, permitting messages like “death to the Russian invaders.”
However, it said that demands for violence against Russian residents would be prohibited.