TikTok has announced that users in Russia will not be able to livestream or publish new videos due to a “fake news” law passed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 4.
The law threatens anyone who publishes “false” information about the country’s invasion of Ukraine by the Russian government with a fine and up to 15 years in prison. This resulted in several outlets including the BBC, CNN and Bloomberg suspending operations in Russia. others, such as Washington Postpassed byline removed From reports filed in the country.
Now it seems that it is not the only traditional publishers who are concerned about this law. TikTok explains:
“We will continue to evaluate the emerging situation in Russia to determine whether we can fully resume our services with security as our top priority,” said TikTok. They say, But the company was probably going to be angry with the Russian government even before it made that decision.
TikTok announced on March 4 that it would begin labeling content shared by state-controlled media, which it calls “entities for which the government exercises direct or indirect control over its editorial content or decision-making” in response to the war. defines as. Ukraine. (And, of course, the Russian government’s efforts to control the narrative through its state media.)
Russia did not take kindly to other attempts to call state media outlets. The country has restricted access to Facebook because it has not given Russian media carte blanche, and has reportedly demanded that YouTube also lift its ban on channels affiliated with its state media outlets. It seems that Twitter has also been blocked within the country.