Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Facebook could follow LinkedIn and be blocked in Russian Federation

Facebook could follow LinkedIn and be blocked in Russian Federation

Russia will block access to Facebook next year unless the social network complies with a law that requires websites which store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so on Russian servers, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday. Otherwise, the service will be blocked in Russian Federation.

According to Zharov, Facebook considers options for meeting requirements of the law, but the agency has not received any official notifications from the company yet.

Encrypted messenger service Telegram, founded by once-feted online ally of the Russian opposition Pavel Durov, has already coalesced to the law.

Russian internet providers a year ago blocked the LinkedIn professional networking site after Roskomnadzor said it broke the law on personal data storage. "No exceptions can be made at this point", Zharov told Interfax, answering a question about the timing for Facebook to implement the law.

"The law is mandatory for everyone, and therefore there is no doubt - in any case, we will either achieve the law to be implemented, or the company will stop working in Russian Federation, as, unfortunately, happened with LinkedIn".

Some have criticized Russia's law on data storage, saying it is meant to force foreign companies to hand over user information to authorities.

"In 2018, we will think about it, and maybe we will check", he said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Facebook is a commercial enterprise earning money in Russian Federation, and therefore it must comply with the law.

Roskomnadzor did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today, "There is the law that [Facebook] needs to observe..."

The founder of Facebook mark Zuckerberg said about Russian intervention in elections in the United States.

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