Roskomnadzor (RKN) demanded that the management of the social network Instagram remove restrictions on the reproduction of the Russian anthem. This was reported on Tuesday, April 20, by the press service of the department.
“Roskomnadzor sent a demand to the management of Facebook Inc (owner of the social network Instagram – Ed.) To remove all restrictions on materials containing the Russian anthem, imposed by Instagram under the alleged pretext of copyright infringement,” Roskomnadzor said in a statement.
It is noted that according to the regulator, the social network Instagram has introduced restrictions on user videos that contain fragments of the Russian anthem. At the same time, the letter from the department sent to the management of the social network emphasizes that state symbols are not objects of copyright. In this connection, as the RKN emphasizes, their blocking is unacceptable.
They also recalled that “in any country in the world, the demonstration of state symbols by its citizens in public space is an expression of respect for their country.” Whereas such content blocking insults Russians.
“We call on social networks to respectfully treat the official symbols of the Russian Federation that are significant for Russians,” said Roskomnadzor.
On March 12, the social network Instagram partially blocked the page of one of the main TV channels in Crimea, Crimea 24. It was clarified that the TV channel could not post textual material under the published images. RKN, in turn, sent a letter to Facebook Inc. demanding that all these restrictions be lifted.