Monday, January 9, 2017 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Apple Removes LinkedIn App From Russian App Store

Cecilia Kang and Katie Bennerjan (via MacRumors):

Smartphone users in Russia can no longer download the LinkedIn app on iPhone or Android devices, following a similar move in China to block The New York Times app on iPhones.

The demand by Russian authorities to remove LinkedIn in Apple and Google app stores comes weeks after a court blocked the professional networking service for flouting local laws that require internet firms to store data on Russian citizens within the nation’s borders.

[…]

Direct blocking of websites has been done by China, Russia, Turkey and several other nations for years, usually through their state-run internet service providers. But civil rights groups say the pressure authoritarian governments are now placing on Apple and Google is a new wrinkle.

“Apps are the new choke point of free expression,” said Rebecca MacKinnon, who leads a project on open internet tracking at New America.

Previously: Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Chinese App Store.

1 Comment

[…] Smartphone users in Russia can no longer download the LinkedIn app on iPhone or Android devices, following a similar move in China to block The New York Times app on iPhones…. continue reading […]

Stay up-to-date by subscribing to the Comments RSS Feed for this post.

Leave a Comment