A social media giant, TikTok, announced this morning that it has suspended all postings of video content from Russia in order to keep its workers safe and comply with the country s new “fake news” regulations.
In the wake of Russia’s new fake news law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and adding new content to our video service, while we review the safety implications of this law,” the company said in a Twitter post, adding that its in-app messaging service will not be affected.
“We will continue to assess the evolving circumstances in Russia to determine when we may be able to fully resume our services, keeping safety as the highest priority.”
Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, signed into law a measure on Friday that introduces jail terms of up to 15 years for people who publish “fake news” about the Russian army, as Moscow advances with its invasion of Ukraine.
The law was met with a swift backlash from critics, but on the weekend, the Kremlin defended the new legislation, saying that the country was facing an “information war” that needed counteraction.
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In a tweet, TikTok described itself as “an outlet for creativity and entertainment that can serve as a source of relief and human connection in a time of war, and when people are suffering from immense tragedy and emotional isolation.”
Moreover, the company, in a longer statement on its website, talked about the “devastating” war in Ukraine that, in addition to bringing widespread suffering across the country, has also “brought pain to our community and to our people.”.
“And as a platform, this war has challenged us to confront a complex and rapidly changing environment in which we are trying to fulfill our role as a canvas, a window, and a bridge for people around the globe.
In addition, TikTok pointed out that it is aware of the heightened risk and impact of misinformation during a time of crisis and that it is working to increase its safety and security measures. (AFP)