Netflix and TikTok Suspend their Services in Russia

Abhi Thakur

After Apple and Disney, Netflix and TikTok have now suspended their services in Russia due to their invasion of Ukraine.

Russia is facing heavy criticism from leaders across the world, facing sanctions, and suspension of services. Netflix and TikTok after announcing the suspension of their services in Russia have now added themselves to a long list of the companies boycotting the country over its war in Ukraine.

Netflix said that it would cease streaming its content in Russia. "Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia," a company spokesperson told CNN. The streaming giant, however, didn't make it clear what would happen to the subscribers who have already subscribed.

Previously, the Russian government passed a new law that required all the platforms with more than 100,000 subscribers to distribute free-to-air Russian news and entertainment TV channels. Netflix, however, refused to comply with the law. The company has also paused all future projects and production on Russian original shows.

Similarly, TikTok has suspended its services in Russia. The company announced that it would prevent uploads and live streams on its platform in the country, complying with the new laws to curb the spread of "fake" information concerning the government's assault on Ukraine.

"In light of Russia's new 'fake news' law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content to our video service while we review the safety implications of this law," the company tweeted.

Russian users would still be able to use its in-messaging feature, it added.

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