Instagram users in Ukraine and Russia

Meta Platforms Inc. today announced that it has made an encrypted direct messaging feature available for Instagram users in Ukraine and Russia. 

The company also stated that it’s demoting content from the Facebook pages and Instagram accounts of Russian state-controlled media outlets.

Instagram users in Ukraine and Russia now have access to a feature that can encrypt their one-to-one direct messages. Meta is also adding a notification to Instagram’s direct message inbox informing users in Ukraine and Russia that they can switch to encrypted messaging.

In addition, Meta today said it’s demoting content posted by the Facebook pages and Instagram accounts of Russian state-controlled media outlets. “We are demoting content from Facebook pages and Instagram accounts from Russian state-controlled media outlets, and we are making them harder to find across our platforms,” said Meta Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg.

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