Banned, Russia

Russia Bans Access to Music Sharing Platform SoundCloud

SoundCloud Ban in Russia

Here we go again: the Russian government has banned another site that includes or shares information on the current war in Ukraine, this time SoundCloud, the popular music-sharing platform.

According to Reuters, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has demanded that SoundCloud be blocked in response to the information posted on the site about Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.

The detailed information was released by Interfax news agency from Russia’s communication watchdog Roskomnadzor (RKN), which said, “Roskomnadzor restricted access to the SoundCloud service in connection with placement of materials containing false information regarding the nature of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine.”

SoundCloud did allow the sharing of information related to  “attacks on civilians, strikes on civilian infrastructure, about numerous civilian casualties at the hands of Russian soldiers,”  which sparked the ban.

The Russian government has imposed bans on any websites or platforms that disseminate information about the war. Previously, they banned and fined several companies, like Google and Facebook