Russia to launch Rossgram photo-sharing platform, an alternative to Instagram
Rossgram alternative to Instagram: Rossgram, a new alternative platform to be launched by a group of Russian technology entrepreneurs. A beta version of Rossgram, an upcoming photo-sharing platform, will be available for download on March 28.
On March 14, the Russian national communications regulator Roskomnadzor blocked access to the social media platform Instagram.
Following the suspension of Facebook’s Instagram, a group of Russian IT entrepreneurs has created a photo-sharing application to fill the void left by the former.
Instagram is one of the main resources for many small Russian businesses, serving as a platform for promoting, processing sales, and engaging with customers.
Russia has decided to launch Rossgram, an alternative for Instagram on March 28 in the midst of the ongoing conflict with Ukraine. According to the website of Rossgram, the app will have additional features like crowdfunding and paid access to certain content in addition to the standard functionality.
According to Alexander Zobov, the initiative’s public relations director, “my partner Kirill Filimonov and our group of developers were already prepared for this turn of events and decided not to miss the opportunity to create a Russian analogue of a popular social network beloved by our compatriots,” he wrote on the VKontakte social networking site.
According to a photo posted by Zobov on Vkontakte, Rossgram’s colour scheme and layout will be quite similar to Instagram’s colour scheme and layout. Rossgram’s design did not get an instant response from Meta, who declined to comment on it.
In recent months, Russia has been investing in the development of domestic technology, which includes the AYYA T1 smartphones produced by state-owned enterprise Rostec.
Yappy, a video-sharing app developed by Gazprom Media as a domestic competitor to TikTok, was introduced in November.
Meta (Facebook) said the temporary change in its hate speech policy only applied to Ukraine after Russia’s invasion, and that it would be wrong to prevent Ukrainians from “expressing their resistance and fury at the invading military forces.”
Meta also said it would be wrong to prevent Ukrainians from “expressing their resistance and fury at the invading military forces.”
In response to Meta’s announcement over Ukraine to post messages such as “Death to the Russian invaders,” Russia’s official communications regulator Roskomnadzor blocked access to Instagram and also launched a criminal investigation against Meta, and prosecutors have sought a court to declare the US technology giant an “extremist organisation.” The matter is scheduled to be heard in court on Monday.
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