Russia’s communications regulator on Thursday ordered internet service providers to block public access to the website of social networking company, LinkedIn.
It said that the order came to ensure the company complied with a court ruling that found it guilty of violating data laws.
Roskomnadzor, the watchdog, said it was acting to protect Russian internet users’ data.
Russian law requires websites which store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so on Russian servers, something it said LinkedIn did not do.
LinkedIn, headquartered in the U.S., has over six million registered users in Russia.
It is the first major social network to be blocked by Russian authorities, setting a precedent for the way foreign internet firms operate.
Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky said that LinkedIn’s site would become unavailable in Russia within a day.
No official comment from LinkedIn yet as regards the order.