Russia Gets Apple, Google To Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Apple and Google have complied with a request from Russia to remove LinkedIn's mobile app in the country. A November 2016 ruling found LinkedIn was violating a 2014 rule mandating Russian user data be stored within Russia. Microsoft says LinkedIn is the largest service to be affected by that rule thus far.

Web connections to the business-centric social network were blocked in November by Russia's telecom. However, the mobile app remained available on the Google and Apple app stores until now.

This follows Apple's removal of the New York Times app from China in the past week.

Both cases can be seen as complying with state censorship and authoritarianism.