Not all updates you receive from around the world are from legitimate sources; rather, not all updates are ‘true.’ Well, that’s according to Russia.
There is a lot of bogus news floating around the internet. Particularly regarding Russia and Ukraine. And Russia isn’t ready to accept it anymore.
You may be surprised to learn that TikTok, one of the most popular social media platforms, has suspended its New Content and Live Streaming in Russia in response to the ‘Fake News’ law.
Yes, even we are perplexed by what is going on. This could seem confusing, but here’s all you need to know.
TikTok Suspends New Content, Live Streaming On Platform In Russia Over Fake News
The policy is actually a to Russia’s recent “fake news” law, which concerns imprisonment for spreading anything deemed ‘false’ by authorities.
The well-known social networking platform issued a statement announcing their suspension. TikTok indicated that they acknowledge the increased risk and effect of false information during a crisis.
The website stated, “With the safety of our people and community as our guiding priority, we’ve dedicated significant resources to developing and enforcing new protective measures, and we want to share more on some of the steps we’re taking.”
Adding about the step they have taken, “Our highest priority is the safety of our employees and our users, and in light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend live streaming and new content to our video service in Russia while we review the safety implications of this law.”
If you’re concerned about the in-app messaging, you shouldn’t be. The in-app chat-functionality on TikTok will be unaffected.
2/ 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. Our in-app messaging service will not be affected.
— TikTokComms (@TikTokComms) March 6, 2022
The platform will continue to assess the changing circumstances in Russia in order to determine when they can fully restore their operations, with welfare as their first priority.
The platform stated the measures they are taking. “We continue to increase our safety and security measures and are working aggressively to help ensure people can express themselves and share their experiences, while we also seek to mitigate the potential for harm.”
The ‘False Information’ Law
On March 4, 2022, Vladimir Putin’s government passed a new law prohibiting the broadcast of “false information” about Russia’s troops as part of a crackdown on free speech in the country.
The law includes publishing whatever the Russian government considers misleading a violation, punishable by a 15-year prison sentence.
In addition, the law covers wording that refers to Russia’s attack on Ukraine as an ‘invasion’. Or even the word ‘war’ won’t be tolerated. The BBC, CNN and other famous new outlets have also withdrawn from Russia as a result of the “fake news” law.
Russia has also blocked Facebook, and no Russians can access the platform anymore. Facebook is attempting to restore its service.
In Russia, the social media platform TikTok is now only available in a ‘view-only‘ mode. It also prevents users from posting new content or viewing any new live streams.
In order to avoid the consequences, the media outlets in Russia have also suspended their operations for the time being.
We will keep our readers up-to-date regarding any latest updates. At the time being, you can stay tuned with us for more updates.