After the Instagram service was blocked by the authorities this week, Russia launched a social media app called “Rossgram”. The app will reportedly launch on March 28 with additional features such as crowdfunding and paid access to some content.
Alexander Zobov, Director of Public Relations of the Russian Initiative said that the developer did not miss this opportunity. To make social media popular among Russian citizens.
“My partner Kirill Filimonov and our group of developers were ready for this turn of events and decided not to miss the opportunity to create a Russian analog of the popular social network loved by our colleagues,” said Alexander Zobov, quoted by Reuters.com.
It should be noted that the Russian Communications Regulator, Roskomnadzor, stopped accessing Instagram on Monday. For allowing Ukrainian users to post hate speech against Russia, such as “Death to Russia”.
According to Meta Platform Inc, hate speech will only be available to Ukrainian users. However, on Sunday, Meta narrowed its policy to ban death posts.