Spotify closes its offices in Russia and restricts podcasts to government media

Spotify closes its offices in Russia and restricts podcasts to government media

Spotify told Reuters it has closed its office in Russia indefinitely. “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the attack on Ukraine,” a spokesman said.

The company has also watched thousands of podcast episodes since the war in Ukraine began. Content posted online by Russian state media was also restricted. It is now more difficult to find such content on the platform. This comes after the company removed all content from Russian state media RT and Sputnik earlier this week.

Russian state media banned

The European Union on Wednesday imposed sanctions on RT and Sputnik for spreading disinformation about the war in Ukraine, which should not be called war or occupation in Russia. Google, Meta, Apple, TikTok and other tech parties have already taken action against the two Russian stores. RT’s TV channels must also be removed due to EU sanctions.

Sputnik told Reuters on Wednesday that “any restriction on the press is blatant censorship” and is “the worst example of a violation of freedom of expression”. RT also said earlier that tech companies had no reason to ban it.

Source: RTL

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