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Netflix suspends all its services in Russia

After a war of more than a week between Russia and UkraineNetflix, the US-based streaming platform has announced that it will suspend all of its services in Russia. In particular, this is the largest company to withdraw from Russia as of now. First reported by Variety, Netflix spokesperson Emily Feingold has even issued a statement confirming the news. According to the official statement, “Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia.” Also read – Series/movies to watch this weekend: Rudra, The Fame Game, No Time to Die and more

For the inexperienced, Netflix recently declined to comply with a new Russian law. The law stated that major streamers in the country are bound to broadcast 20 Russian propaganda channels, including NTV, which Netflix refused. Later, Netflix even announced that it would stop all Russian acquisitions and productions, including the Russian Netflix originals already in the works. Also read – Netflix Announces To Release Its First Daily Quiz ‘Trivia Quest’ Interactive Show On April 1st

Netflix was reportedly on four Russian originals. It has about 1 million subscribers in Russia, reported Bloomberg† Additionally, Sony, Warner Bros and Disney had announced to stop their future film releases in Russia. These movies included The Batman, turns red and morbiusAlso read – Russia-Ukraine conflict: how technology companies are helping people in conflict

In addition, TikTok has also stopped all new video uploads and live streams in Russia after the country introduced a new “fake news law”. This law threatens to jail anyone who publishes “false information about Ukraine’s invasion of Ukraine”. If found guilty, they could face up to 15 years in prison or a fine of 1.5 million rubles (approximately Rs 10, 74,000).

Tech companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung have also announced that they will stop selling in Russia due to the current situation. Twitter, Meta and YouTube have also made a few announcements about this. EA in a show of support for Ukraine has removed the Russian national team and all Russian football clubs from the popular game titles FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile and FIFA Online. With this, the company has effectively removed most Russian players from the game. Activision Blizzard has joined the other companies that have stopped doing business in Russia.

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