The Russian Federation is gearing up for a war against Facebook and plans to ban the famous social media network from its web space by 2018.
The plan to do so comes into motion after the Russian government made it clear to Facebook that if it doesn’t comply with its laws, it will block the social network.
The Russian laws require websites which store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so on Russian servers for security reasons according to the government.
According to Roskomnadzor, a communications watchdog in Russia. It confirmed the reports of the threat issued by the Russian government to Facebook.
It should also be noted that, the same action was taken against LinkendIn’s website when their users were blocked from accessing the platform due to failure to comply with a court ruling which found that the social networking firm guilty of violating the same data storage law.
From now on, any foreign firm operating within Russia is now under pressure from the regulator to comply with the law, which was approved by President Vladimir Putin in 2014 and entered into force in September 2015.
“Everyone needs to abide by the law,” the Interfax news agency cited Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov as telling reporters on Tuesday. “In 2018, everything will be as it should be for sure,” he said, referring to Facebook.
“In any case, we will either get the law implemented or the company will cease to work on the territory of the Russian Federation as unfortunately happened to LinkedIn. There can’t be any exceptions here.”
Facebook came under attack after it admitted to handing details of 3000 advertisements bought by a Russian agency to Congress as part of an investigations into attempts to swing the US election.
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Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project and a freelance consultant passionate about tech, programming, games and entertainment.