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A Russian court has declared Meta guilty of extremist activity but will still allow access to WhatsApp

  • A Russian court on Monday declared Meta guilty of extremist activity, according to state media.
  • The decision will ban Meta's products except for its popular chat app, WhatsApp, the report said.
  • It's the latest indication of Russia's continued isolation from the global internet.

A Russian court on Monday sided with the country's Prosecutor General's Office, declaring Meta, Facebook's parent company, guilty of extremist activity.

The news was reported first on Monday by the Russian state news agency TASS.

The declaration prohibits Meta from doing business in Russia and will lead to an immediate ban on its family of apps within the country's borders. However, Meta's messaging app WhatsApp, one of the most popular in Russia, will not be banned, according to TASS.

Representatives for Meta did not immediately return Insider's request for comment Monday.

Tensions between the Kremlin and US social-media giants have reached new heights over the last month following Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Social-media companies, including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, have taken efforts to limit the spread of Russian disinformation during the conflict, leading to Russian government retaliation.

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