Popular movie and TV show streaming service Netflix has suspended their operations in Russia amid the Russia-Ukraine war. TikTok has followed suit and limited the number of posts in Russia.
The move is a way for both companies to condemn Russia’s acts of violence and to also stand in solidarity with Ukraine.
Netflix which had four original Russian productions still cooking, announced that they have hit pause on all Russian works and also announced that they will not host 20 free to air Russian propaganda that it was to host as a requirement under the Russian law.
“Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia,” a spokesperson for Netflix said.
TikTok on the other hand has also decided to prevent Russian users from posting new videos and livestreams and they will also not be able to see videos posted by other users around the world.
“In light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend livestreaming and new content to our video service while we review the safety implications of this law,” the company stated.
The company is referring to the new legislation that Russia has put in place that threatens to jail anyone who spreads fake news about the Russian army.
Hilary McQuaide, the TikTok spokesperson revealed that the new regulations have come as a way for them to protect their Russian employees and users as the safety of their employees is their top priority.
Many global companies have pulled the plug in Russia including Mastercard, Visa, Apple, Nike and Dell.