Russia says it will ban Facebook in 2018 if it didn’t abide by local data storage laws.

Alexander Zharov, head of communications regulator Roskomnadzor, was quoted by official state media outlets on Tuesday as saying “the law is obligatory for all.”

“In all cases, we will make sure the law is complied with, or the company will stop working in the Russian Federation,” he said. “There are no exceptions here.”

Russia’s personal data storage laws came into effect in September 2015. It demands companies that collect the personal data of citizens to put the information on Russian soil.

 Zharov stated his agency has not been in touch with Facebook (FB, Tech30), but added that the social network company needs to abide by the law soon.

“In 2018, we will think about it, and maybe we will check,” he said.

Zharov told state media that Roskomnadzor had got a letter from Twitter saying it would abide by the data storage law in 2018.

LinkedIn, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, has already failed to comply with the law. As a result, it was banned by Roskomnadzor in November 2016.


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