Russia threatens to shut down Facebook

Russia’s communications watchdog has threatened to block the access to Facebook in 2018, if the company does not comply with the requirements that users’ data are stored in the country.

“The law is compulsory for all,” said Aleksandr Zharov, chief of the Federal Communications Agency, to Russian news agencies on Tuesday.

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law in 2014 that requires international Internet companies to store personal data of Russian users on local servers.

Some companies, like Google and Alibaba, have already complied, while others like Twitter have asked for more time.

In November, Roskomnadzor asked for access to the LinkedIn network to be banned, citing exactly the same reason.

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