The ban came into force earlier this month after Russian state communications regulator Roskomnadzor blocked access, claiming Meta allowed posts that called for violence against Russians.
Meta, the owner of Instagram and Facebook, temporarily changed its policy on hate speech for Ukraine because it would be wrong to prevent Ukrainians "expressing their resistance and fury at the invading military forces."
A Meta spokesperson said: "As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules, like violent speech such as 'death to the Russian invaders'. We still won't allow credible calls for violence against Russian civilians."
But now, Russian tech moguls have banded together to form Rossgram.
The social media platform will launch on March 28th to investors, sponsors, and the media, before opening to bloggers and other users.
It will have "no more VPNs and restrictions", and people will be able to log in from "anywhere in Russia." Additional features such as crowdfunding and paid access to certain content will also be available on the app.
Taking to the VKontakte social network, Alexander Zobov, the initiative's public relations director, said: "My partner Kirill Filimonov and our group of developers were already ready 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."
Since the Chicago-based fast-food giant shuttered its nearly 850 stores in Russia last week amid the war in Ukraine, fears have circulated that Russian parties might try to infringe on McDonald\u2019s trademark. \n\nIt's happening. \n\nSay hello to "Uncle Vanya's"https://www.chicagobusiness.com/restaurants/mcdonalds-russian-trademark-infrigement\u00a0\u2026
Russian fast-food chain Uncle Vanya quite literally flipped the logo on its head, forming a "B".
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