LinkedIn has been banned in Russia

Internet providers have been ordered to block access to the US-based social network...

Roskomnadzor (Russia's communication regulator) has ordered internet providers to block access to social networking site LinkedIn - as it has been judged to have violated the country's data storage rules.

The company has over 6 million registered users in Russia - it is the first major social network to be banned in the country.

Internet companies in Russia are required to store Russian users' data on servers in the state - the court ruled that LinkedIn has not complied with these regulations and its services have been banned.


"LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for the entire global workforce. We are starting to hear from members in Russia that they can no longer access LinkedIn," a spokesperson from the company told Newstalk.

"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 localisation request," the LinkedIn representative continued.

These rules were introduced two years ago - but this is the first time that they have been used to ban a social network.

A Roskomnadzor spokesperson told Reuters that it received a letter from LinkedIn management requesting a meeting - and both sides are set to sit down together in at some point in the coming weeks.