TikTok Suspends New Content and Livestreaming in Russia

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Mar 21, 2022

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The social media platform’s move follows a new Russian law that cracks down on “fake news”.

Temporarily Limiting Features

TikTok says it would suspend the uploading of new content and its livestreaming in Russia in response to the country’s recent “fake news” regulations. The Chinese-owned video-sharing platform made the announcement on Sunday via its official Twitter account.

The new law aims at media outlets that disseminate information the government deems harmful to its invasion of Ukraine. Those found guilty will face up to 15 years imprisonment or a 1.5 million rubles (about $14,000) fine.

The lower house of the Russian parliament approved the law on Friday, and it was subsequently signed by President Vladimir Putin. TikTok says its response hinges on the safety of its users and employees. It is one of the biggest social media platforms globally and has over 30 million Russian registered accounts.

“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 platform announced. It added that in-app messaging would continue unaffected.

The company’s move is not permanent, but a reversal rests on finding a solution.

“We will continue to evaluate circumstances in Russia to determine when we might fully resume our services with safety as our priority.”

Media Outlets Pull Out

TikTok is not the only company to limit operations in Russia following the law’s approval. Several media organizations have made it clear that they will temporarily pull back on their activities as they evaluate the situation.

Bloomberg Editor in Chief John Micklethwait says the organization will “temporarily suspend our news gathering inside Russia.”

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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