Mar 7, 2022

TikTok limits services as Netflix pulls out of Russia

Video-sharing site TikTok and streaming giant Netflix have limited and cut their services respectively in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. TikTok, which has around 36 million users in Russia, said its move was about ensuring the safety of its staff and users. TikTok says it's making the move to protect its users from breaking Russia's new "Fake news" laws. Moderating social networks during times of crisis is hard enough, but having to vet content under the new draconian laws in Russia puts all platforms in a tough position. Russia has many high-profile creators who make their living from TikTok so we can expect even more people to be motivated to protest themselves against the "Fake news" laws.

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