Netflix To Stop Streaming Russian Propaganda Channels
Streaming giant Netflix will not distribute a number of state-run channels in Russia as mandated by a new law, the company says, following reports that it could soon be forced to carry the networks.
Variety reported Monday that Netflix was among a number of services added to a register maintained by Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor of content distributors that reached over 100,000 subscribers.
The new law, which Variety reports has not yet fully gone into effect, requires large streamers to carry 20 Russian broadcast channels, including state-funded Channel One.
However, a Netflix spokesperson told The Verge that it does not plan to carry the channels.
“Given the current situation, we have no plans to add these channels to our service,” said the spokesperson, who asked not to be named because of safety concerns.