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The Moscow City Court dismissed Meta’s lawsuit, which was challenging a lower court ruling that declared it an “extremist organization” and banned its activities in Russia.
“The appeal is to be dismissed, the decision of the Tverskoy Court of Moscow of March 21, 2022 is unchanged,” Judge Alexander Ponomarev announced the decision, reports Interfax. The decision of the Moscow City Court means that the verdict in the Meta case has entered into force.
Representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office, speaking at the court hearing, said that Meta had repeatedly been brought to administrative responsibility, and the lawsuit for the ban was the result of systematic violations. “The public position of the Meta management was announced that the company would allow calls for the murder of Russian citizens to be allowed,” the prosecutor said.
Meta’s lawyers, in turn, again indicated that they consider the very fact of the trial to be illegal, since the company is not under the jurisdiction of Russian civil courts. Meta is a foreign legal entity that does not have representative offices in Russia, they recalled.
On March 21, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow declared Meta an “extremist organization” and banned its activities in Russia. The social networks Facebook and Instagram belonging to Meta were blocked in Russia. Roskomnadzor banned Russian media from displaying the Meta, Facebook and Instagram logos.
At the same time, it followed from the motivational part of the court decision in the Meta case that the use of Facebook and Instagram by Russian citizens is not considered an offense,
With regard to the WhatsApp messenger, which is also owned by Meta, no restrictions were introduced.