March 26, 2022

Spotify joins list of internet services suspended in Russia

March 26, 2022

Spotify joins list of internet services suspended in Russia

March 26, 2022

Quoting Russia’s new legislation which criminalizes “fake news”, Spotify has cancelled all service provision in 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 possibly even our listeners at risk.”

– Spotify spokesperson

Breaking the draconian censorship laws in Russia can lead to a punishment of up to 15 years in prison. Moscow’s curtailment of free speech has been deliberately designed to stamp out any narrative running contrary the government’s propaganda.


“Spotify has continued to believe that it’s critically important to try to keep our service operational in Russia to provide trusted, independent news and information in the region,”


“After carefully considering our options and the current circumstances, we have come to the difficult decision to fully suspend our service in Russia.”


– Spotify spokesperson


This comes in the wake of many other internet giants cancelling, suspending or restricting services and/or supplies to Russia, as follows:-

Adobe: “Effective immediately, Adobe will halt all new sales of Adobe products and services in Russia.”


Airbnb:

Amazon: “We’ve suspended shipment of retail products to customers based in Russia and Belarus, and we will no longer be accepting new Russia and Belarus-based AWS customers and Amazon third-party sellers.”


Apple:


AWS: Quoted from Amazon’s site reference Amazon Web Services: Note: This post was updated on March 8 to include the fact that AWS is no longer accepting new sign-ups based in Russia or Belarus.

BMW, Ford, GM, Honda: “This week, BMW and Ford announced intentions to scale back Russian-related operations and halt vehicle production with its Russian joint ventures.”

Bumble: In addition to announcing its fourth quarter and full year 2021 results, Bumble Inc. has also announced that it is discontinuing its operations in Russia, as well as removing all of its apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in Russia and Belarus. 


Disney: “Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming ‘Turning Red’ from Pixar,” – Disney spokesperson  


Electronic Arts:We have made the decision to stop sales of our games and content, including virtual currency bundles, in Russia and Belarus while this conflict continues. “


Epic Games:


Fujitsu: “Fujitsu shall cease all new orders and deliveries of products and product related services in Russia.”


Goldman Sachs:

BBC: Goldman Sachs and Western Union pull out of Russia


Google: Due to payment system disruption, Google Play has paused its billing system for users in Russia as of March 10, 2022.


IBM: “First, let me be very clear — we have suspended all business in Russia”


Intel: “Intel condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and we have suspended all shipments to customers in both Russia and Belarus.”


LG: LG Suspends Shipments to Russia


Microsoft: Microsoft suspends new sales in Russia


Netflix: Netflix pauses all projects, acquisitions in Russia


Nintendo: Nintendo gamers in Russia just got locked out of digital game purchases


Nvidia:
Nvidia To Stop All Product Sales To Russia


Paramount:
Paramount says it will pause film distribution in Russia over Ukraine conflict


PayPal:
“PayPal has been working closely with governments and partners to actively comply with all applicable laws and sanctions,” 


Rockstar Games:
Rockstar Games Owner Stops New Sales in Russia and Belarus


Samsung:
“Due to the current geopolitical developments, shipments to Russia have been suspended”


Slack:
Slack has started disconnecting customers in Russia


Snapchat:
“We do not have an office in Russia and we have stopped all advertising running in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.”


Sony:

Sony Music Group calls for peace in Ukraine and an end to the violence. We have suspended operations in Russia and will continue our support of global humanitarian relief efforts to aid victims in need.” – Sony Music Group


Spotify:
“After carefully considering our options and the current circumstances, we have come to the difficult decision to fully suspend our service in Russia.”


TikTok:
TikTok suspends livestreaming, new uploads in Russia


Twitch:


Ubisoft:
“In light of the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, we have decided to suspend our sales in Russia.”


Universal:
“Effective immediately, we are suspending all operations in Russia and closing our offices there. “


Warner Bros.:
“In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is pausing the release of its feature film The Batman in Russia”

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