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Spotify Suspends Service In Russia Due To Employee & Listener Safety Concerns

New laws made things difficult and dangerous.


Spotify is suspending their service in Russia as the Russian government continues their assault on Ukraine. According to a spokesperson for Spotify in a comment to Rolling Stone, the suspension of service is due to fears for employee and listener safety as new Russian legislation passes restricting access to information.

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"Spotify has continued to believe that it's critically important to try and keep our service operational in Russia to provide trusted, independent news and information in the region. Unfortunately, recently enacted legislation further restricting access to information, eliminating free expression, and criminalizing certain types of news puts the safety of Spotify's employees and possibly even our listeners at risk.

"After carefully considering our options and the current circumstances, we have come to the difficult decision to fully suspend our service in Russia.”

Spotify expects to be fully suspended in Russia by early April.

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