Spotify has announced that it is going to suspend its music streaming service in Russia in response to the country’s new media law. According to a report by the company the company is expected to discontinue its services in the country in early April. Reuters Quoting a person familiar with the development.
To recall, Spotify has already closed its Russian office branch indefinitely due to the country’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine.
The company is now looking to shut down services in the country due to a new media law, according to which spreading fake news about the military can lead to up to 15 years in prison.
“Spotify continues to believe that it is important to strive to keep our service running to provide reliable, independent news and information in Russia,” Spotify said in a statement. “Unfortunately, recently enacted legislation restricts access to information, eliminates free expression, and criminalizes certain types of news, protecting Spotify employees and even our listeners.” also puts the prospect at risk.”
To recall, Spotify removed content from Kremlin-backed outlets RT and Sputnik earlier this month, right after it closed its regional offices in the country. Now, with the shutdown of services, it is taking the next step towards locking down the country.
In other news, Netflix recently suspended its streaming services in Russia, saying it has no plans to add state-run channels to its Russian service, despite a rule requiring it to do so. will be required. In addition to Spotify and Netflix, other tech companies including Meta, Microsoft and others have also shut down services in Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
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