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TikTok temporarily restricts live streaming and new video uploads in Russia

However, its in-app messaging service will not be affected

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Chinese Video-sharing app TikTok has restricted live streaming and uploading new videos in Russia. TikTok cites Russia’s newly constructed “fake news” law as the reason to impose the changes.

Last week, a law was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin cited as the “Fake News” law, a law to punish those propagating “false information” related to Russian forces or openly advocating sanctions against Russia. It can end up with you getting 15 years in prison or even levying hefty fines on you.

TikTok took to Twitter to announce the restrictions. TikTok wrote, “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.” Moreover, the statement read “Our in-app messaging service will not be affected.”

TikTok said that deciding to temporarily ban its service in Russia, is in the best benefit for its employees and the users as it is the company’s first and highest priority, and the company would continue to assess the changing conditions in Russia to decide when they will be able to completely restart their services.

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