Russia: Regime threatens to ban Facebook unless it stores user data in-country

Source: Newsweek

“Russia is checking whether Facebook is in compliance with its law requiring websites to store citizens’ data on servers within the country — otherwise, it will ban the social network. Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications regulator, announced the checkup plans on Wednesday, following up its September announcement that it would block Facebook starting next year if it fails to abide by the Russian law. … Russian officials have said that the law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2014, is designed to protect the personal information of its citizens. But critics call it an attack on social media and the latest move by the country to censor and control Internet usage.” (11/08/17)