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Spotify Closes Office in Russia


SPOTIFY, a global audio streaming service provider, announced it was closing its Russian branch office indefinitely in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Our first priority over the past week has been the safety of our employees and to ensure Spotify continues to serve as an important source of global and regional news at a time when access to information is more important than ever,” Spotify said in a statement. .

Since July 2021, a Russian law signed by President Vladimir Putin has required foreign social media companies with more than 500,000 daily users to open local offices or their services would be restricted.

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By the law’s deadline, March 2022, only a few companies, including Spotify, had complied with the rule by opening offices.

However, since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, other governments around the world have urged global companies to get involved in restricting Russia’s movement.

Spotify said it had reviewed thousands of content since the invasion was announced and restricted programs and events owned and operated by media affiliated with the Russian government.

This includes Spotify’s move earlier this week to remove all content from state media RT and Sputnik from its platforms in the European Union, United States and other countries except Russia.

The move was taken by Spotify in line with other technology companies such as Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, Spotify employees are also rumored to be donating an adjusted amount to later be given to victims of the invasion. (Ant/OL-1)