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Russian’s demand for VPNs skyrockets after Meta block

Russian's demand for VPNs skyrockets after Meta block

The demand from internet users for ways to circumvent Russian internet restrictions increased as the country restricted access to Meta Sites Inc’s key social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, according to data from a monitoring company.

Because of Meta’s decision last week to enable social media users in Ukraine to post slogans such as “Death to the Russian invaders,” Instagram access in Russia was suspended starting on Monday.

Facebook had previously been suspended due to what Moscow said were limits on access to Russian media on the social networking site.

According to statistics from monitoring company Top10VPN, demand for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), which encrypt data and conceal a user’s location, soared 2,088 percent higher on the eve of the Instagram ban, compared to the daily average demand in mid-February.

As a result of its activities in Ukraine, Russia has been targeted by unprecedented Western sanctions, and it is attempting to maintain control over the flow of information by suffocating international social media corporations via traffic slowdowns and, in the case of Facebook and Instagram, outright bans.

Demand for virtual private networks (VPNs) had already been increasing in the area as Russian and Ukrainian websites became targets of cyber assaults.

Russia outlawed many virtual private networks (VPNs) last year but has failed to completely block them as part of a broader strategy that opponents say stifles internet freedom.

203 news websites, as well as 97 foreign exchange and cryptocurrency websites, were discovered to be presently unavailable in Russia, according to Top10VPN’s data analysis of more than 6,000 entries in Russia’s official registration of prohibited websites.

The Russian communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, said on Monday that the number of cyber assaults on the Russian government’s information technology systems and infrastructure has grown significantly since February 24.

It issued a warning to offenders that cyber assaults may result in criminal prosecution.

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