Executive’s Social network LinkedIn Corp. (NYSE:LNKD) is set to be banned in Russia, after a company was found guilty of breaching local data storage laws.
Mr.Roskomnadzor, communications head in Russia said LinkedIn would be inaccessible in the country within 24 hours.
Most of the internet providers have already censored access to the site, which has more than six million members in Russia.
Meanwhile representative of LinkedIn reportedly said that the company is planning to hold talks with Roskomnadzor to discuss the block.
Russia publicized regulation demanding social networks to store the personal data of Russian citizens on Russian web servers back in 2014. But that is the very first time the law has been imposed against a US-based social network.
The Kremlin says there’s nothing to worry about, but Russian social network users fear that banning LinkedIn is only a first step.
There are worries among users that this barring is about censorship and control, not data protection. They’re apprehensive that more popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter will be next.
Users have been quite vocal on the decision and think ban of LinkedIn marks “a new era in mass censorship,” and fears that further restrictions will be creeping: “They’re like sadists, doing it bit by bit.”
In the recent past, Social media has played a serious role in organizing opposition protests in Russia. Such sites have also become more and more important substitute source of information, as state control over traditional media has augmented.
Meanwhile Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov supported Roskomnadzor initiative and said he has done strictly in accordance with Russian law.
A LinkedIn spokesman said: “Roskomnadzor’s action to block LinkedIn denies access to the millions of members we have in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses.
“We remain interested in a meeting with Roskomnadzor to discuss their data localization request.”
In the meantime Mr.Roskomnadzor spokesperson said in a statement that they are looking into the the logistics of the meeting.