TikTok and Netflix Suspend Work in Russia

  • 02-04-2022 |
  • Courtney Millhouse

Russian authorities actively prevent independent media access to the ongoing hostilities in the east of Ukraine. Those who cannot fully work in Russia, leave it to be able to operate without fear of criminal liability. Many businesses are closed in support for Ukraine in this war.

More than 150 companies have suspended their work in Russia for the second time and are refusing to purchase materials and metals supplied by the country. The list of tech giants reluctant to take such steps is expanding: it is joined by many information and entertainment services. They also have to pay attention to the law passed in Russia, which provides for liability for the deliberate dissemination of disinformation. Initially, many companies did not like such a move because of the significant market loss. However, after the adoption of a law on the liability for the dissemination of false information in Russia, the list of companies that stopped the work and production in Russia has significantly expanded. Today, this list includes a large number of services directed at the younger generation.

TikTok announced that it is temporarily blocking users in Russia from viewing new videos and publishing their own clips and streams. The company said it had no choice after a new law went into effect that could put its employees and users at risk. Netflix has also left Russia, though it has not given a specific reason. The streaming service had previously refused to broadcast Russian channels.

Share your thoughts on this in the comments. What it may result in for Russia in the long run?