TikTok suspends live streaming in Russia citing new fake news law

Chinese video-sharing app TikTok has suspended live streaming and new content for video services in Russia after the introduction of a new “fake news” law in the country that threatened jail sentences of up to 15 years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a federal law that criminalizes the spread of disinformation about the Russian armed forces, their defamation and calls for sanctions against Russia.

Global news outlets, including CNN and BBC, said they are suspending their activities to protect their journalists from the new law.

“However, our top priority is the safety of our employees and our users, and in light of the new Russian ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content for our video service in Russia while we security implications of this law,” the streaming app said in a statement.

The company said they will continue to evaluate the changing conditions in Russia to determine when we can fully resume services with safety as our top priority.

“Our in-app messaging service will not be affected. 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,” the statement added.

Earlier, the Kremlin had said Putin has signed a federal law that extends sanctions for violating the rights of Russian citizens to all foreigners and stateless persons.

“Federal law determines criminal liability for public dissemination under the guise of reliable reports of knowingly false information about the use of Russian armed forces for the purpose of protecting the interests of Russia and its citizens and maintaining international peace and security.” , says the Kremlin statement. †

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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