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Netflix And TikTok Cease Services In Russia

Netflix is suspending its services in Russia, while TikTok will stop new video uploads and live streams on its app, following the attacks on Ukraine.

The social media site, TikTok, cites Russia’s newly-passed “fake news” law as the reason for the change. Announcing via Twitter that they will suspend live streaming and new content while reviewing the “safety implications” of this law.

The “fake news” law was signed off last week by Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin.

It punishes Russian citizens with fines or up to 15 years behind bars for spreading “false information” about Russia’s military or publicly calling for sanctions on Russia as the country continues its invasion of Ukraine.

Similarly, Netflix has decided to cease operating its services in Russia and suspended the production of new content in Russia.

“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” Netflix spokesperson, Emily Feingold, said in a statement to The Verge.

It follows after Netflix said it would not comply with a new Russian law that requires large streamers to host 20 Russian propaganda channels, such as NTV and the state-backed Channel One.

According to Bloomberg, Netflix had been working on four Russian ‘Netflix Originals’ and has around 1 million subscribers in Russia.