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‘I’m writing this post now and crying’: Russians bid farewell to Instagram before midnight ban

By Paul Sonne, Mary Ilyushina

13 Mar 2022 · 5 min read

The tears were flowing Sunday among Russia's airbrushed Instagram influencers, who begged their followers in farewell posts to join them on alternative social media platforms, as Russian authorities prepared to shut down the U.S.-owned social network at midnight.

Russia's communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, officially banned Instagram on Friday and gave Russian users a 48-hour grace period to say goodbye to the popular app, initiating the forced exodus.

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