Spotify stops services in Russia

The war started by Russia against Ukraine is making several companies around the world seek a new position in the country. This Friday (25), it was Spotify’s turn to announce that it is interrupting all its services in Russian lands.

Sweden-based music streaming reported that its decision is based on the implementation of new laws regarding freedom of expression in Russia. Recently, Vladimir Putin signed a law that provides for imprisonment for up to 15 years for people who spread false news about the country’s armed forces.

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At the start of the confrontation, Spotify closed its offices in Russia and removed various government-sponsored content. However, he decided, at the time, to continue with the operation of the services, claiming that “it is extremely important to try to keep our service operational in Russia to allow the global flow of information”.

The platform reported that it continues to believe in the importance of preserving a service of truthful and reliable information, however, trying to do so will put the lives of company employees and even listeners who seek this data on streaming at risk.

The decision does not make it clear whether the suspension will be final, nor when services will resume in Russia. It is only known that the lockdown should begin in early April.

Spotify discontinues services in Russia. Image: Ink Drop/Shutterstock

Google News blocked in Russia for providing “inauthentic” war news

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor announced the blockade of Google News in the country. Russian news agency Interfax said the decision was made due to false information about the conflict with Ukraine.

“Some people are having difficulties accessing the Google News app and website in Russia and that this is not due to any technical issues on our part,” the technology company revealed in a statement.

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