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A young girl looks at social media apps, including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp, on a smartphone. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 12, 2019. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Russia limits access to Instagram after ‘calls for violence against Russians’

Instagram has been restricted in Russia after posts “calling for violence against Russians” were “distributed”, Russian authorities have said. The state’s communications watchdog will restrict access to the social media app and website following the posts, according to a statement published on Friday. A second statement published later said it will come into force from […]

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Ireland faces increased cyber attack threat – foreign affairs minister

Ireland is facing an increased threat from cyber attacks since the invasion of Ukraine, the Foreign Affairs Minister has warned. The Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee heard from Simon Coveney on Thursday, who said the Irish Government was taking precautions against potential cyber attacks. His appearance comes amid the backdrop of the war in […]

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A young girl uses the TikTok app on a smartphone. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 12, 2019. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

TikTok blocks new videos in Russia to avoid media crackdown

TikTok has blocked its Russian users from posting new videos in response to the government’s crackdown on what people and media outlets can say about the war in Ukraine.The social media app that is particularly popular with young people also stopped showing Russians videos shared from elsewhere in the world, said spokesperson Hilary McQuaide.The action […]

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Russia blocks access to Facebook for its 146 million citizens

Russia has blocked access to Facebook for its 146 million citizens amid the Ukraine invasion, a state regulator has said.The country’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said the social media platform was blocked on day nine of the war due to “cases of discrimination against Russian media”.It comes a week after Russia limited access to Facebook after […]

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