Spotify has made the “difficult decision” to completely shut down its services in Russia in response to its laws restricting free speech.
The streaming giant said legislation that “criminalizes certain types of news” puts its employees and listeners at risk.
Russia has imposed tough censorship laws that can carry prison sentences of up to 15 years for those who disseminate information that contradict the government’s account of the war in Ukraine.
After carefully considering our options and the current circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to completely discontinue our service in RussiaSpotify spokesperson
“Spotify continues to believe that keeping our service operational in Russia is critical to providing trusted, independent news and information in the region,” said a Spotify spokesperson.
“Unfortunately, recent legislation that further restricts access to information, stifles free speech, and criminalizes certain types of messages is putting the safety of Spotify employees and potentially even our listeners at risk.
“After carefully considering our options and the current circumstances, we have made the difficult decision to completely suspend our service in Russia.”
Other streaming and social media sites have taken similar action in recent weeks, with Netflix and TikTok shutting down most of their services in the country earlier this month.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/spotify-fully-suspends-services-in-russia-over-countrys-censorship-laws-41489380.html Spotify is completely shutting down services in Russia due to the country’s censorship laws