Instagram Blocked, Russia Launches Rossgram App

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Instagram Blocked, Russia Launches Rossgram App

MOSCOW – Russia will launch a photo-sharing application for the domestic market, after the Instagram service was stopped by the authorities this week.

The app, named Rossgram, will launch on March 28 and have additional functions such as crowdfunding and paid access to some content.

Russia Initiative Public Relations Director Alexander Zobov said the developer group would not miss the opportunity to create a popular social media that Russians love.

“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 analogue of the popular social network beloved by our colleagues,” said Alexander Zobov, quoted by .

According to the photo shared by Zobov, Rossgram’s color scheme bears some resemblance to Instagram.

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor suspended access to Instagram on Monday, when the platform said it would allow Ukrainian users to post outrageous posts against Russia, such as the phrase “Death to Russian invaders”.

Instagram and Facebook’s parent company Meta Platform Inc said the hate speech changes would only be available to Ukrainian users. However, on Sunday (13/3/2022), Meta narrowed down its content policy for Ukraine, which prohibits posting of the death of a head of state.

Russia has in recent months been developing technology for its home country, including the AYYA T1 smartphone produced by Russian technology company Rostec.

Last November, Russian energy company Gazprom launched a rival to popular Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok called Yappy.

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