As the indiscriminate bombing of Ukraine continued, a Russian Instagram blogger was ridiculed when she wailed to her readers, afraid for her ‘influencer’ income after Vladimir Putin banned Western social media in Russia.
When the US computer company permitted messages like ‘death to the Russian invaders’ on its platforms when the Kremlin launched its unlawful war on Ukraine, Moscow opened a criminal action against Facebook owner Meta, dubbing it an ‘extremist organization.’
According to Meta, more than 80 million users in Russia are about to be cut off from Instagram, putting ‘influencers” revenue in jeopardy.
A viral video of a Russian beauty blogger crying over the Instagram blackout was published by NEXTA, a media platform dedicated to exposing Russian life under Putin’s despotic rule.
‘Do you think that for me, as an Instagram influencer, this is [a] source of income?’ she wailed to admirers in a video live-streamed on Telegram.
‘To me, [Instagram] is the soul; it’s everything of life.’ It’s the one with which I’ve woken up and fallen asleep for the past five years.’
After that, the young woman told her followers that she was in the ‘initial stage of grieving due to the Instagram ban. However, she was slammed on the internet, where she was accused of caring more about her pay than the ‘thousands of dead people, including her compatriots.’
‘She doesn’t care about the thousands of dead people, including her compatriots,’ NEXTA jibed in response to her video. Her main concern right now is obviously that she won’t be able to upload images of food from restaurants.’
Her remarks came on the same day that Mariupol, the besieged city, entered its 13th day without food, water, or electricity. Over the last 12 days, more than 1,582 citizens have died there, with looters fighting in the streets over crucial supplies and bodies being buried in mass graves.
NEXTA, a media platform dedicated to exposing life in Belarus and Russia under Putin’s control, released a video of a Russian blogger live streaming on Telegram, a Russian social media app.
‘Do you think that for me, as an Instagram influencer, this [Telegram] is [a] source of income?’ the blogger, who was furious over the Instagram shutdown, asked her viewers in a tearful video.
Liza Lukasheva, who has a million Instagram followers, said her farewell in her final Instagram post before the ban takes effect on Monday: ‘My dear friends, Instagram will be shut off in our country soon… in the next few hours.’