Russian IT entrepreneurs have decided to develop a Posting and sharing photos for the home market to fill the gap created by the blockade by Instagram authorities.
The new app, known as Rossgram, will launch on March 28 and has additional features such as crowdfunding and paid access to some content, the app's website announced.
“My partner Kirill Filimnov and the team that planned the collective funding were already ready for the turn of events and decided not to miss the opportunity to create a similar Russian application of a popular social media site loved by our compatriots,” the director wrote. Russian public relations officer Roskomnadzor has blocked access to Instagram since Monday, after the US-owned Meta Platforms company announced that last week that it would allow social media users in Ukraine to post messages such as “Death to Russian invaders”.
Meta, which owns Facebook, said the current change in its hate speech policy only applies to Ukraine after the Russian invasion, arguing that it would be wrong to prevent Ukrainians from “expressing their opposition and their anger at the invading military forces. ” has launched a criminal investigation against Meta, while the prosecutor's office has asked the court to label the American company an “extremist organization”.
Russia has developed its domestic presence in recent months. technology, including AYYA T1 smartphones manufactured by state-owned Rostec Group.
In November, Gazprom Media launched Yappy as a domestic competitor to the vin exchange platform the TikTok.