TikTok is suspending new video uploads and live streams on its app in Russia, citing the country’s newly passed “fake news” law.
“TikTok is an outlet for creativity and entertainment that can provide a source of relief and human connection during a time of war when people are facing immense tragedy and isolation. However, our highest priority is the safety of our employees and our users, and in light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend livestreaming and new content to our video service in Russia while we review the safety implications of this law.” the company said in a blog post.
2/ In light of Russia's new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend livestreaming and new content to our video service while we review the safety implications of this law. Our in-app messaging service will not be affected.— TikTokComms (@TikTokComms) March 6, 2022
Under the “fake news” law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, it punishes people with fines or up to 15 years in prison for spreading “false information” about the Russian military or calling for sanctions against Russia.
The in-app messaging service will not be affected, TikTok says. “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.” the company added.