Since fewer global-facing sites there are blocked outright, the ban, if enforced, will primarily affect consumers who use VPNs and proxy services to disguise their online footprint.

Twitter came under fire for the same reason in 2017, along with a bevvy of smaller services, including, China’s We Chat.

Meanwhile, authorities have punished and at times jailed social media users for content posted online.

Perhaps the worrying part is here: While the ban has been deplored by its users, it’s also been hailed by some older Turkmens (and non-users) as a welcome move.

They have legitimate fears about the spread of child pornography and internet addiction.

The services the countries are barring allow users anonymity while browsing online or enable access to content that’s restricted by geography.

In January, China’s Ministry Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the government branch that oversees internet policy, published a document that pointed to a deeper crackdown on VPN access from within China.

Now the government has told internet service providers to start entirely shutting off access to the site, which joins a long list of blocked pages in Russia.

The Russian government said that it had asked for the removal of the update — which was a thorough and long post in Russian titled “Minimum and reliable method of growing psilocybe”.

Although at least Annasoltan does say that already young Turkmens are turning to other social-networking sites.