One of the most popular streaming services, Spotify, has decided to suspend its services in Russia due to recently passed laws on spreading false news about the Russian armed forces.
Spotify removed the content of RT and Sputnik in early March and closed its office in Russia, and has now decided to take a new step. The company is suspending its services in the country, primarily due to a recently passed law punishing the spread of false news about the Russian armed forces with up to 15 years in prison.
A Spotify spokesman confirmed this information, saying the company truly believed it was critical to try to keep their service operational in Russia to provide reliable and independent news and information in the region.
But according to a company spokesman, recently passed laws that further restrict access to information, eliminate free expression and criminalize certain types of news, jeopardizing the security of Spotify employees and even platform users.
“After carefully considering our possibilities and current circumstances, we made a difficult decision to completely suspend our service in Russia,” concluded a spokesman for one of the largest streaming services.