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As the government pushes down on what people and media outlets can say about Russia’s war in Ukraine, TikTok and Netflix have banned their services in Russia.

Netflix did not justify this change on Sunday, other than to say it was due to “circumstances on the ground.” The company had earlier stated that it would not broadcast Russian state television networks.

According to the company, Russian users of TikTok’s famous social media app will no longer broadcast new videos or live streams. They will also be incapable of seeing films shared from across the world.

According to TikTok representative Hilary McQuaide, the app in Russia is now in “view-only” mode, which means users will be unable to view or post new videos or live streams. According to her, they may still stream older videos, but not ones from outside the nation.

Some protestors in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and other Russian cities who took to the streets to denounce the invasion of Ukraine used social media to spread their news.

Internet-based service and app providers have been reluctant to make moves that could deprive Russian residents of access to social media and other information sources.

On Friday, Vladimir Putin, Russian President, stepped up his movement on media individuals and outlets who don’t support the Kremlin’s position on the dispute, barring Twitter and Facebook.

The latest “fake news” legislation, which was rapidly supported by both houses of parliament and signed by Putin, mandates prison penalties of up to 15 years for anybody who shares material that contradicts the Russian government’s war narrative. Several news organizations have also declared that they will take a break from reporting inside Russia to evaluate the situation.

Bernard Bond

Bernard Bond is a leading expert in celebrity journalism and a television critic.

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