“ In the light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content to our videos service while we review the safety implication of this law. Our in-app messaging services will not be affected”,- writes Tik-Tok on Twitter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently enforced a fake news law, under that, it penalizes people with fines or behind bars for upto 15 years for escalating false news on the Russian Military. The Russian ongoing invasion of Ukraine is all over the social media platforms and foreign media. In order to put an end to the spreading of not-so-reliable news, Russia has blocked the access of other prominent media platforms alongwith Tik-Tok. Russia’s telecommunications regulator agency said that Sites like Facebook are spreading false propaganda. Facebook on the other hand limits access to Russian state-controlled media because of concerns that it might spread disinformation. Along with Facebook and Tik-Tok other services such as Microsoft, Netflix, BBC has temporarily shut down their services in Russia.
Last week, Russia’s telecommunications agency called out Tik-Tok for removing the state-backed content from its site. After that Tik-Tok restricts the access of the platform for Russia.Tik-Tok also stated that- “ We will continue to evaluate the evolving circumstances in Russia to determine when we might fully resume our services with safety as our top priority”.