The ruling amounts to an immediate ban of Facebook and Instagram in Russia, where both platforms are already blocked. WhatsApp, which is owned by the same company, is still allowed.
Sister app Instagram is also launching new parental controls, as the social media company faces pressure to address safety risks to kids in virtual reality.
Russia's top prosecutor called for Facebook and Instagram's parent company to be labeled an extremist group after Meta said it would permit some calls for violence against "Russian invaders."
Thursday on Political Rewind: A bill from the Georgia Senate would allow people to sue companies if their social media posts are removed or altered. The University of Georgia released a study saying abortions could be cut down with access to more morning-after pills. And texts are released from defendants in Ahmaud Arbery's murder.
The bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act comes amid mounting frustration in Washington that apps like Instagram and YouTube aren't doing enough to protect their youngest users.
Social media companies will feel pressure from Washington, European regulators and even their own users over kids' safety and privacy, competition and election-related misinformation.
Some people spend years or longer trying to track down favorite books from childhood. An Instagram account called My Old Books uses crowdsourcing to make the connection.
Takeaways from a hearing include: senators are frustrated with Instagram for not moving more quickly to protect young users and the CEO maintains the platform does more good than harm.
The social media platform announced ways to help its youngest users and their parents a day before the app's head, Adam Mosseri, is to testify about Instagram's potential risks to kids and teens.
The announcement follows Rittenhouse's recent acquittal for last year's shooting in Kenosha, Wis. The company is also lifting restrictions that blocked his name in certain search results.
A bipartisan group of state attorneys general accuses the company of prioritizing its own growth while failing to protect kids and teens, and even manipulating them to keep them on the app longer.
The social network is under pressure over how its platform may be harmful to users and society at large.
Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen electrified Washington on Tuesday with testimony about how the company knew about potential harm to users and decided to hide that information.
Teen users of the platform say it fosters feelings of inadequacy and insecurity — especially among girls.
A former Facebook employee compared the social network to Big Tobacco at a Senate hear17%ing on Tuesday, saying the company has hidden what it knows about the problems its products cause.