The reason is the law approved this week in Russia that provides for penalties of up to 15 years in prison for spreading what the Moscow authorities may consider “false information” in relation to the war in Ukraine.

According to the Russian agency Interfax, the Chinese company released a statement in which TikTok indicates that the safety of its employees and users remains its “top priority”.

“In light of Russia’s new fake news law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content for our video service while we consider the security implications of this law,” said TikTok. keeps its courier service in Russia unchanged.

Last Friday the Russian communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, decided to block access in Russia to the social network Facebook and later that decision was extended to Twitter.

The move was in response to the European Union’s veto of Russian official media Russia Today and Sputnik, which the EU accuses of being part of Russia’s war machine.

The new legislation approved on Friday by the Duma (Russian parliament) punishes with heavy fines and sentences of between 5 and 10 years in prison the dissemination of information that the Russian authorities consider false about the actions of its Armed Forces in Ukraine and calls for adopt sanctions against the country.

It also punishes with these penalties “public actions” that seek to discredit the actions of the Russian Army in “defending the interests of Russia and its citizens, in the preservation of international security and peace.”


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