The Government of Russia has threatened Facebook with a ban if they do not adhere to a law that will require websites with personal data of Russian citizens to store them on Russian servers.
According to Telegraph, Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has given Facebook until 2018 to comply with regulations otherwise it will be booted out from the country.
LinkedIn had in 2016 been blocked in Russia, after it had been found guilty of the same offence.
Alexander Zharov, head of Roskomnadzor, said it is crucial that every one complies with the rule. He said:
Every one must abide by regulations. In 2018, every thing will be as it ought to be for sure.
Whatever the case, we will either get the law implemented or the organization will cease to work on the territory of the Russian Federation as unfortunately happened to LinkedIn. There can’t be any exceptions here.
We understand obviously that Facebook has a large number of users on the territory of the Russian Federation.
Alternatively, we recognize that this is not a unique service, and that there are other social media.
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