The social community TikTok pronounces the suspension of the creation of recent movies in Russia

The law on “misleading information” adopted in Russia will no longer allow the social network to allow its users to publish new content.

The social network TikTok announced on Sunday, March 6, that it is suspending the possibility of posting new videos on its platform in Russia, due to a new law that punishes the dissemination of information aimed at “discreditarmy and its invasions of Ukraine. “Given the new law on ‘false information’, we have no choice but to suspend live broadcasts and post new content (…) while studying the possible security implicationsfrom TikTok employees and its users, the social network explained in a series of tweets.

The announcement by TikTok, which still maintains its messaging service, comes after a week when Russian authorities blocked access to Facebook in the country and restricted access to Twitter.

In contact with AFP, TikTok did not specify whether the videos published from abroad will remain available to Russian users. The decision of this social network, which has more than a billion users worldwide, has a diplomatic dimension, as TikTok is a subsidiary of the Chinese group ByteDance.

China, which has close ties to Russia, has so far refrained from condemning Ukraine’s invasion. On Friday, the Russian parliament adopted two texts that strictly frame the information that is spreading about the war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia, and they were ratified by President Vladimir Putin.

Information control

Dissemination of information aimed atdiscreditthe Russian armed forces have now been sentenced to 15 years in prison. “calls for sanctions against Russiathey are also subject to criminal prosecution, the text states. They apply to both the media and individuals, both Russian and foreign.

These measures were seen as a way for the Russian authorities to control the information circulating in Russia about the war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed by the international community. Their entry into force has led several foreign media outlets to suspend their activities in Russia, including Bloomberg, the British public broadcaster BBC, while the American channel CNN has stopped broadcasting in the country.

According to a study by Insider Intelligence published this week, TikTok had about 24.7 million accounts in Russia at the end of 2021. About 30% of Russians interested in video content on social media said they consulted TikTok in a Deloitte study published in September. In 2021, however, the platform remained quite far from YouTube, which at the end of 2021 had 76 million users in Russia, according to Insider Intelligence. When asked by AFP, Google, the parent company of YouTube, did not answer immediately.

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