REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – TikTok has suspended the upload of new videos and stream directly in its application in Russia on the grounds of the newly passed fake news law. The news was announced by TikTok through the account Twitteron Monday (7/3/2022).
“In light of Russia’s new fake news law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content to our video services while we review the security implications of this law. Our in-app messaging service will not be affected,” TikTok said.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the fake news law. Those who intentionally spread hoax information about the Russian military or for publicly calling for sanctions against Russia, face up to 15 years in prison or a fine.
Quoted the Verge, Monday (7/3/2022), as Russia continued its invasion of Ukraine, Russia began cracking down on foreign social media and media platforms. So far, Russia has blocked Facebookrestrict access to Twitterand prohibit access to news sites BBC.
Last week, Russia’s Communications Agency Roskomnadzor called out TikTok for removing state-supported content from its platform. Then TikTok announced plans to add labels to some state-controlled media and is reported to have made it harder for users to access Russian state media in line with moves from Facebook, YouTube and other social media.
“We will continue to evaluate the evolving circumstances in Russia to determine when we can fully resume our services with safety as our top priority,” added TikTok.