The Russian Supreme Court declares the Azov Regiment a terrorist organization.
Facebook and Instagram starts to allow users in Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and the Caucasus to promote violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the war in Ukraine, which is normally restricted, according to internal emails. A Meta spokesperson states that "As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we have temporarily made allowances for forms of political expression that would normally violate our rules like violent speech such as 'death to the Russian invaders.'" However, calls for violence against Russian prisoners of war and "credible calls for violence against Russian civilians" will remain prohibited. Death threats against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will also be permitted. Meta's spokesperson adds that they are, "for the time being, making a narrow exception for praise of the Azov Regiment strictly in the context of defending Ukraine, or in their role as part of the Ukraine National Guard," which was previously forbidden.
Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu Agency reports that the National Intelligence Organization arrested the nephew of exiled Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in an overseas operation, for alleged membership in a terrorist organization. While the agency did not state where he was captured, he was believed to be residing in Kenya, where a local court on May 6 blocked Turkey's extradition request for him.
An Egyptian court bans the Palestinian group Hamas and orders its offices in the country to be shut down and all dealings with the group suspended. The court also brands it as a terrorist organization. [http:--www.dw.de-egypt-bans-hamas-labels-it-a-terrorist-organization-a-17472158 "(DW)"] [http:--www.ibtimes.co.uk-egypt-court-outlaws-hamas-brands-muslim-brotherhood-offshoot-terrorists-1438816 "(International Business Times)"]