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Russia Forces Apple to Remove LinkedIn App from Russian App Store

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Russian authorities have recently required both Apple and Google to remove the LinkedIn app from their respective digital stores. The move is tied to a court ruling from November that blocked access to the service for ignoring local internet regulations.

According to a report from The New York Times, iOS and Android users living in Russia no longer have access to legitimate versions of the LinkedIn app. If you already have the app installed the content is reportedly still available. However, the software was already malfunctioning due to an internet embargo imposed on the service last year.

The Microsoft-owned company said it was “disappointed” in the new development. In a statement Nicole Leverich, who is a spokesperson for LinkedIn, said:

“It denies access to our members in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses.”

The LinkedIn takedown is Apple’s second state-demanded app removal to be reported this week. On Wednesday, the company was forced to remove the New York Times apps in China for violating unspecified local laws.

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  • johnnygoodface

    Do you think it might have anything with the fact that WikiLeaks wants to create a database of verified Twitter users and who they interact with… Twitter, LinkedIn, both are big databases!

  • Seems the world is getting darker, hit by hit. And accelerating!

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