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Russia plans to block Facebook


Russia says it will ban Facebook in 2018 if the social network fails to comply with local data storage laws. Alexander Zharov, head of communications regulator Roskomnadzor, was quoted by official state media outlets on Tuesday as saying “the law is obligatory for all.”

“In all cases we will make sure the law is complied with, or the company will stop working in the Russian Federation,” he said. “There are no exceptions here.”

LinkedIn, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, has already run afoul of the law. It was banned by Roskomnadzor in November 2016.

Zharov told state media that Roskomnadzor had received a letter from Twitter saying it would comply with the data storage law starting in 2018.

Facebook and Twitter both declined to comment.
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