According to a report from The New York Times, Russian authorities have demanded Apple and Google to eliminate the LinkedIn app from the App Store and Google Play in Russia. This strategy comes a couple weeks after Russia blocked LinkedIn’s website.
The report cites, “The demand by Russian authorities to remove LinkedIn in Apple and Google app stores comes a couple of weeks after a court blocked the professional networking service for flouting local laws that needs internet firms to store data on Russian citizens within the nation’s borders.”
Apple confirmed to The New York Times that it was demanded to eliminate the app from the App Store about a month ago. However, the app had already stopped working once LinkedIn’s website was blocked in the nation. LinkedIn, which contained several million users in Russia, said it was “disappointed” by the news. The service was blocked in Russia because a court ruled this past November that the company broke local laws that needed Internet firms to store servers containing information on Russian accounts within the nation. The New York Times notes that most American firms functions in Russia while violating the law, hence making the blocking of LinkedIn a rare occurrence.
In late December, China demanded Apple to remove all apps from the Chinese App Store for being in “violation of local regulations.” The New York Times’ website has been blocked in China since 2012. Countries such as Russia, China, and Turkey have blocked direct access to websites for many years. However, according to The New York Times, pressuring tech firms such as Apple to also remove apps is a more recent trend continuing throughout the world. However, according to The New York Times, pressuring tech firms such as Apple to also remove apps is a more recent trend continuing throughout the world.