Head of Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) Alexander Zharov threatened to block access to Facebook in Russia if the company does not comply with the law stating that personal data of Russian users should be kept in Russia, Deutsche Welle news agency reports.
“The law makes no distinctions. At any rate, either the law will be upheld, or Facebook will cease operations in Russia,” said Zharov.
Facebook has to comply and make the necessary arrangements sometime in 2018.
He added that Facebook while popular was not a unique platform. Zharov also stressed, that a similar situation had happened with LinkedIn networking social platform in Russia.
According to Roskomnadzor, Facebook representatives are looking into possible solutions, yet has not make an official statement.
On the other hand Twitter reported that they would localize their data by mid-2018.