Global internet watchdog Netblocks reported Instagram had been blocked in Russia, confirming an earlier report that the country’s state communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, had notified Instagram users the service would cease from midnight of the same date.
The Netblocks account Twitter said, “Confirmed: Real-time network data show Instagram is now restricted in #Russia across multiple providers”.
The organization showed a chart of internet providers in Russia, on which Instagram is unreachable:
“Real-time network data show that the restrictions are coming into effect across multiple providers rendering the platform widely unusable, corroborating user reports. Instagram is amongst Russia’s most used online platforms, exceeding the popularity of Twitter and Facebook, with the visual format popular with Russian influencers and businesses”, -said Netblocks.