Facebook Might Get Banned in Russia If the Company Doesn’t Comply with Data Storage Laws

If you are using Facebook, then you might already know that the social network is known for storing a large amount of personal information in its database to show relevant ads along with contents. However, Russia will block the social networking giant if the company does not comply with a law that require websites to store personal data of Russian citizens on Russian servers.

This latest report comes after Russia’s communication watchdog Roskomnadzor told reporters that in case the social network does not comply with the local laws, Russia will ban the social network from Russian territories. Earlier last year, the country blocked LinkedIn after the social media company violated the same law.

This initiative comes as the country is actively cracking down the influence of the foreign internet companies as we approach Russian general election next year. For instance, the country order its government officials to use country’s own secure messaging application instead of WhatsApp.

It’ll be interesting to see how Facebook reacts to the ongoing issue as recently it was revealed that advertisers might have spent over $100,000 in promoting propaganda during US presidential election. Talking about the recent reports, Mark Zuckerberg said, “We support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public, and we expect the government to publish its findings when their investigation is complete.”

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