TikTok temporarily bans making new videos in Russia

TikTok is suspending new video uploads and live streams on its app in Russia, citing the country’s recently passed “fake news law” as the reason for the change.

“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 assess the security implications of this law,” TikTok writes on Twitter† “Our in-app messaging service is not affected.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the fake news law last week. It punishes people with fines or up to 15 years behind bars for spreading “false information” about the Russian military or for publicly calling for sanctions against Russia. As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, it has begun cracking down on social platforms and foreign media — Russia has blocked Facebook, restricted access to Twitter and blocked access to BBC news sites.

Last week, Russian communications agency Roskomnadzor called on TikTok to remove state-sponsored content from its platform. TikTok later announced plans to add labels to “some” state-controlled media, and has reportedly made it more difficult for users to access Russian state media, in line with moves by Facebook, YouTube and many others.

“We will continue to evaluate the changing conditions in Russia to determine when we can fully resume our services with security as our top priority,” TikTok noted.

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