Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a fake news law punishing those who spread it with up to 15 years in prison.
The new law could impose fines or jail terms for disseminating false information about the military, as well as fines to journalists who speak against Russia in any manner.
On Friday, BBC temporarily halted reporting in Russia, and by the end of the day, the Canadian Broadcasting Company and Bloomberg News said their journalists in Russia stopped reporting.
CNN and CBS News said they would stop broadcasting in Russia, and other news outlets removed reports about Russia.
Read more: Cult-owned Russia Outrageously Passes ‘Fake News’ Law Giving Offenders up to 15 Years in Prison – while condemned by the Cult-owned West which is planning to do the SAME very soon. My god, the hypocrisy and lies are beyond shocking
TikTok, American Express and PricewaterhouseCoopers all suspend operations in Russia: Social media giant joins firms boycotting Russia over censorship as economic vice tightens on Moscow
TikTok has suspended all live streaming and content sharing on its platform in Russia, joining American Express and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the latest of several companies to boycott the country amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The social media giant made the announcement Sunday in response to the country’s new controversial ‘fake news’ law, which threatens imprisonment for sharing what authorities consider to be false information.
‘TikTok is an outlet for creativity and entertainment that can provide a source of relief and human connection during a time of war when people are facing immense tragedy and isolation,’ the company said they had ‘no choice’ but to suspend the services.