Netflix suspends service in Russia due to invasion of Ukraine

Netflix is ​​pulling its service from Russia after other tech and media companies pulled out over the invasion of Ukraine.

Netflix confirmed on Sunday that it had suspended its service, according to The Wall Street Journal reported that Netflix found operating in Russia “too difficult given the increase in sanctions and growing payment challenges.”

The streaming giant, which has over 222 million subscribers worldwide, launched in Russia less than a year ago and reportedly has fewer than a million subscribers in the country.

“Given the local circumstances, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” a Netflix representative said.

Previously, the streamer said it would fail to comply with a new regulation that would require it to broadcast multiple state channels. However, the Journal reported that Netflix’s decision to shut down its service had nothing to do with the new regulation.

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Netflix is ​​the latest media company to shut down its service in Russia.

Netflix’s decision follows a string of tech and media companies shutting down their services. Disney announced earlier last week that it was pausing all film debuts in Russia, including the new Pixar film Turning Red. Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount Pictures and Universal all followed suit.

On Sunday, social media giant TikTok said it was blocking users from posting new content and live streaming amid Russia’s “fake news” law.

The law, passed by Russia’s parliament on Friday, makes it illegal to intentionally spread false information, including labeling Russia’s attack on Ukraine an “invasion” or “war.”

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TikTok said it is suspending its service in Russia because of the country’s new “fake news” law.

“Faced with Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content for our video service while we assess the security implications of this law. Our in-app messaging service will not be affected,” TikTok said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“We will continue to assess the evolving circumstances in Russia to determine when we can fully resume our services, with safety being our top priority,” it continued. Netflix suspends service in Russia due to invasion of Ukraine


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