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Russia Finds Meta Guilty of 'Extremist Activity,' but WhatsApp Can Stay

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The Meta logo atop the Russian flag.

The implications of the ruling remain unclear as Facebook and Instagram are already banned in Russia and the court said WhatsApp would be unaffected by its ruling.

Credit: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

A Moscow court said on Monday that Meta was guilty of "extremist activity," but the ruling will not affect its WhatsApp messenger service, focusing on the U.S. firm's already-banned Facebook and Instagram social networks.

Meta did not respond to requests for comment after Moscow's Tverskoi District Court said in a press statement that it had upheld a lawsuit filed by state prosecutors on banning the company's activities on Russian territory.

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