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Spotify Ends it’s Services in Russia

Spotify has come to a heart breaking decision to end it’s service in Russia

Philip Aladino

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Spotify ends its service in Russia following the “Fake News” law established in the country | image illustration by Philip dino (Smarttechvillas)

Key Notes:

  • As of today, Spotify’s Russian service has been shut down.
  •  Russia’s ‘fake news’ law was cited as the cause for the company’s decision.
  •  Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its second month

As of today, Spotify’s Russian service has been shut down.   Russia’s ‘fake news’ law is cited as the cause for the company’s decision.

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its second month, Spotify has decided to cease its services in Russia. In a statement, the firm appears to cite Russia’s new law punishing the dissemination of false information about the military with a jail sentence of up to 15 years as the major reason for its closure in Russia.  

The Spotify representative, who requested anonymity due to “the circumstances in Russia,” said that the company “continues to feel that it’s very essential to try to maintain our service functioning in Russia to deliver trustworthy, independent news and information.

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“There is a risk to the safety of Spotify staff and perhaps even our listeners due to newly approved legislation restricting access to information, curtailing free expression and criminalising some forms of news. After analysing all of our alternatives and the present situation, we had to make the painful choice to stop our service in Russia”.

According to a company representative, in early April, the firm anticipates all services being terminated. Earlier this month, Spotify took down content from Kremlin-backed sites RT and Sputnik and shut down its Russian headquarters, but this latest measure takes things a step further by shutting down Spotify in Russia.

Also Read: Spotify Expands It’s Audio Streaming Service to 80+ New Countries – Report

Meanwhile, as of March, the premium membership service was no longer accessible in Russia, according to a statement from the business. Most tech businesses throughout the world are responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine by shutting off services in Russia. Russian authorities have taken action of their own, blocking Meta’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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