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26 Mar 2022

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BBC

Spotify stops streaming in Russia over safety concerns caused by new law on media

26 March 2022

The music streaming company said safety concerns about staff and "possibly even our listeners" had pushed it to fully suspend its free service.

Spotify shut its office in Russia earlier in March.

But it said it had wanted to keep its service operational to provide "independent news" to the country...

"Unfortunately, recently enacted legislation further restricting access to information, eliminating free expression, and criminalizing certain types of news puts the safety of Spotify's employees and the possibility of even our listeners at risk."

New rules on what media companies can broadcast or post online mean publishing material deemed to be "fake news" about Russia's invasion of Ukraine can lead to lengthy prison sentences...

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