Russian regulators have reportedly blocked the website of the audio-streaming app SoundCloud, citing "false information" about the war in Ukraine.
Russian news agencies TASS and Interfax reported on October 2 that communications watchdog Roskomnadzor had blocked the site at the request of the Prosecutor-General's Office.
"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," Interfax quoted the regulator as saying.
According to some reports, the order only affected the SoundCloud website; the mobile version of the app was still accessible within Russia.
Since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Russian officials have stepped up efforts to censor information and criticism about the war.
Lawmakers passed a law shortly after the invasion criminalizing "the distribution of false information" about the Russian armed forces, and prosecutors have charged dozens of people.
The regulator has throttled access to Twitter and banned Meta's Facebook and Instagram.
It was unclear why authorities moved against SoundCloud now. However, some media reports said broadcasts by RFE/RL's Russian Service might be the primary reason.
SoundCloud in Russia was used not only by news media, but also independent musicians, podcast authors, and others.
After the invasion, the Prosecutor-General's Office demanded that SoundCloud and other podcast platforms remove podcasts by the independent news site Mediazona and war-related productions from the BBC, Kholod, Doxa, and other media, RFE/RL reports.
See all the news
Tata Power’s CEO Pays Visit to BMG
NEQSOL Holding has won defamation case against Communications Commission
Europe's largest crypto exchange WhiteBIT has partnered with Netflix
Interview with Albert Park, ADB’s Chief Economist - By Elene Kvanchilashvili, Forbes Georgia Executive Editor in Chief
This year, the VIII international literature festival Odesa will be held in Batumi
Georgian Commercial Banks Boost Business loan portfolio for large enterprises
High blueberry exports from Georgia In July
Op-Ed: Gold and Inflation
სებ-ი კრიპტობაზრის რეგულირებას გეგმავს - რა იცის სექტორმა?
#BMGAUTO: #AUTOრემონტი - რა ეტაპზეა ავტომობილი?
Fitch Affirms TBC Leasing at 'BB-'; Outlook Stable
What regime of sanctions applies to Russian oil and what requirements Georgia has to comply?
#BMGAUTO: Dodge magnum SRT8 - 6.1 hemi, BMW E46 M3 - CABRIO, AUDI A7 3.0T FSI Quattro S Line
#საქმიანები: მაკა ბატიაშვილის მაქსიმალური მინიმალიზმი
#რედაქტ2: გიორგი ისაკაძის ინტერვიუ სოსო ტყემალაძესთან - პრემიერ-მინისტრის მრჩეველი, რაგბის კავშირის პრეზიდენტი / 16.06.2022
#საქმიანები: "პატარა ბაზარი" - ქართული ბიზნესი ფრანგული შტრიხებით - ქეთევან მესხი
კადრების დეფიციტის და კვალიფიკაციის პრობლემა ტურიზმში
"USA supports Georgian economic by working with American firms to enter to Georgian market" - Degnan visited Batumi Multimodal Terminal
#BMGAUTO: Autoრემონტის პირველი გამარჯვებული - როგორ მივიღოთ მონაწილეობა გათამაშებაში?
Financial Services in CAREC