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Russia Eyes Domestic Alternatives to Instagram, TikTok, Zoom

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The Moscow Times

Russian software developers have submitted early versions of homemade alternatives to Instagram, TikTok and Zoom, the RBC news websitereported Thursday. Instagram was blocked by Russian authorities following the invasion of Ukraine, while TikTok and Zoom restricted their services within the country. The proposed domestic platforms — Looky, Sunlight Play and Dion — are part of the Russian government’s efforts to comply with President Vladimir Putin’sban on the use of foreign software in critical infrastructure by 2025. The projects are competing for state grants of up to 37.1 billion rubles ($6…

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