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Russia’s communications regulator has ordered internet service providers to block public access to social networking site LinkedIn to comply with a court ruling that found the firm guilty of violating data laws.
Domestic legislation, introduced in 2015, states that Russian citizens’ data must be stored on servers within the country – something Russia says LinkedIn does not do. LinkedIn has more than 6 million registered users in Russia, and it becomes the first major social network to be blocked by Russian authorities.
Russia joins an already substantial list of countries that prevent their citizens accessing social networks.