LinkedIn will not be accessible in Russia as the State Government have asked to remove the app from the app stores.
Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law instituted in Russia requiring all online sites to store personal data on national servers.
As per the directions from the Russian government, Google and Apple have removed the access to the LinkedIn App.
Google and Apple did not exactly confirm that they are bending to the whims of Putin and co, but the former did tell the New York Times that it adheres to local laws. Apple confirmed that it had had such a demand from the Russian government. Foreign companies have been found it difficult to comply with the directions to keep a local server for data storage.
LinkedIn currently has less than five million Russian users, while it’s entire user base is consists of more than 450 million users worldwide. Microsoft, who now owns LinkedIn, reported stated that they were “disappointed” by the decision to block LinkedIn in Russia. A spokesperson for LinkedIn is quoted as saying that “it denies access to our members in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses.”
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