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Netflix, TikTok block services in Russia to avoid crackdown

Mar 6, 2022, 7:01 PM | Updated: Jun 19, 2022, 9:41 pm
FILE: In this photo illustration, the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on August 7, 2020 ...
FILE: In this photo illustration, the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on August 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
(Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Netflix and TikTok suspended most of their services in Russia on Sunday as the government cracks down on what people and media outlets can say about Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Pulling the plug on online entertainment — and information — is likely to further isolate the country and its people after a growing number of multinational businesses have cut off Russia from vital financial services, technology and a variety of consumer products in response to Western economic sanctions and global outrage over the invasion of Ukraine.

Other companies that said they were cutting ties to Russia Sunday included two of the Big Four accounting firms and American Express.

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Netflix, TikTok block services in Russia to avoid crackdown