Netflix, Spotify, TikTok, Meta suspend or limit services in Russia

After the positions taken by Apple And Google, other companies have also decided to limit or completely suspend their services in Russia, in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Among these are Netflix, Spotify, Meta and TikTok. Meanwhile, Meta is looking to restore Facebook access in Russia following the local government’s decision to block access to the popular social network.

Netflix has suspended its subscription streaming service in Russia. This was reported by various international sources, including Variety, according to which Netflix had anticipated in recent days that it would suspend all future projects and acquisitions from Russia. Turns out Netflix had four Russian originals in the works. Confirmation of the suspension of the service came from a Netflix spokesperson in response to a request for comment from The Verge: “Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia”. Same answer as that too Reuters reported receiving from a Netflix spokesperson.

The subscription service Spotify Premium it would no longer be available in Russia following restrictions on digital transitions through the country’s major payment service providers, including Visa and Mastercard. The Spotify free service, which does not require a subscription to access the content, is apparently still available.

In Russia, legislation has been approved that provides for severe prison sentences for the publication of news deemed false by the authorities. This has led many newspapers – including Ard, Zdf, BBC, CNN, Ansa, Tg5 and Rai – to have their journalists leave Russia.

In response to this legislation, TikTok on 6 March it announced that it had suspended its video services on its platform in Russia, while the in-app messaging service remains available: “An update on TikTok’s services in Russia: TikTok is an outlet for creativity and entertainment that can provide a source of human relief and connection during a time of war where people are facing immense tragedy and isolation. However,” , our top priority is the safety of our employees and our users, and in light of the new Russian ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content for our video service in Russia as we review the security implications of this law. Our in-app messaging service will not be affected. We will continue to evaluate evolving circumstances in Russia to determine when we may fully resume our services with security as a top priority. “

A halfthe company behind Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp on March 4th shared on its portal Meta Newsroom an update on Russia’s decision to block access to Facebook: “Following the Russian government’s decision to block access to Facebook in the Russian Federation, millions of ordinary Russians will soon find themselves cut off from reliable information, deprived of their daily ways of connecting with family and friends, and silenced from talking. We will continue to do everything possible to restore our services so that they remain available for people to express themselves in a safe and secure way and organize themselves for action. “. In addition to this, Meta reported that it has decided to suspend advertisements targeting people in Russia, and to suspend the ability for advertisers in Russia to create or run advertisements anywhere in the world, including Russia: “Despite the announcement by the Russian government that it will block Facebook, we are working to keep our services available as much as possible. However, due to the difficulties of operating in Russia at the moment, ads targeting people in Russia will be suspended and advertisers in Russia they will no longer be able to create or post ads anywhere in the world, including Russia. “

There are reports that it appears that too Twitter has been blocked in Russia, but the company behind the popular social media hasn’t released any official announcements on the matter. Several international media, including CBS News, Variety, Buzzfeednews report that “Twitter could not confirm that it is not available in the country”.

Finally, that Sony, Warner Bros. And Disney have suspended their upcoming theatrical releases in Russia, respectively RED, The Batman And Morbius.

Apple suspended the sale of products and restricted Apple Pay and its other services in Russia. In Apple Maps and Google Maps, the real-time traffic functionality for Ukraine has been temporarily disabled. Meanwhile, the Russian media applications RT News And Sputnik News they are no longer available for download from the App Store outside of Russia. Youtube has decided to block YouTube channels linked to RT News And Sputnik News throughout Europe.

Update 10.03.2022: Actions have also been announced by Amazon, The Coca Cola Company, Epic Games, Playstation, Bungie, McDonald’s.

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