Netflix Inc. ceases operations in Russia, becoming one of the largest media companies to withdraw from the market after the attack in Ukraine.
New customers will not be able to register and it is not clear what will happen to the existing accounts, say the company. The service has less than one million customers in Russia.
Netflix, which operates in Russia through a joint venture with National Media Group, joins a growing list of companies – from Apple Inc. to Ikea – which ceased operations in the country after the invasion of Ukraine last month. Several Hollywood studios have also stopped filming in Russia.
The streaming giant has previously said it will not broadcast the required Russian news channels in its service in the country’s local language, and has also suspended all Russian projects and procurement, including four original Russian production programs.
Meanwhile, TikTok, a Chinese-owned video app, said on Sunday it would cut off live streaming and video placement on its Russian platform as it discusses the consequences of a new media law signed Friday by President Vladimir Putin.
“We have no choice but to interrupt the live streaming and new content of our video service as we consider the security implications of this law,” the company said in a series of Twitter posts.
On Saturday, the US government condemned a new Russian law that threatens citizens with up to 15 years in prison for spreading what the Kremlin describes as “fake news”.
On Friday, the Russian government announced that it was blocking access to Facebook of Meta Platform Inc. Hours after the announcement, Meta said he would stop all advertising in the country and stop selling ads to Russian companies.
Russia is slowing down other social media services, including Twitter and YouTube, to make them more difficult and cumbersome to use.