TikTok suspends live streaming in Russia


TikTok has suspended live streaming and the addition of new content to its video service in Russia, the social network said on Sunday in a statement posted on its website.

"In light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend livestreaming and new content to our video service while we review the safety implications of this law," TikTok said. "Our in-app messaging service will not be affected," it noted.

"We will continue to evaluate the evolving circumstances in Russia to determine when we might fully resume our services with safety as our top priority," TikTok said.

The news follows other 'cancellations' such as Visa and Mastercard which have also suspended their operations in Russia.

Recently MasterCard said cards issued to Russians will  no longer work after their country invaded and attacked Ukraine 10 days ago.

Paypal, Zara and Samsung joined the chorus of international firms to suspend trading in Russia after it invaded Ukraine.

The clothes retailer’s owner, Inditex, will shut all 502 stores of its eight brands, including Bershka, Stradivarius and Oysho, from Sunday.

Payment giant Paypal cited “violent military aggression in Ukraine” as the reason to shut down its services.

Samsung – Russia’s top supplier of smartphones – is suspending shipments over “geopolitical developments”.