Russian Court Upholds LinkedIn Ban

The Russian courts have upheld a ban on the professional social network LinkedIn in the country. It is reported that the reason behind the decision is based around the site's violation of new Russian laws requiring LinkedIn to submit all personal data on the site to servers stored within Russia's borders. The site was made unavailable to Russian users from the 14th of November, under a data protection act. Currently, larger sites such as Facebook and Twitter do not store their own user data within Russian borders, leaving themselves open to the same sanctions. It is believed that the Russian authorities are targeting the smaller LinkedIn site as a warning to these larger social media platforms. The social network will remain banned until it moves the data of its 6 million Russian users to servers based within the country.