Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores
Accusing LinkedIn of flouting local laws that require Internet firms to store data on citizens within the nations borders, the Russian authorities have asked Apple and Google to remove the professional networking site app from their online stores.

Recently, a Russian court blocked the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn service for breaching the country’s data protection rules.

According to The New York Times, Apple has confirmed that it was asked to remove its LinkedIn app in Russia about a month ago.

“However, Google has not confirmed if it had removed LinkedIn in Russia but said that it adhered to Russian local laws,” the report added.

Meanwhile, LinkedIn responded that the company was “disappointed” with the decision by Russian regulators to block the service.
“It denies access to our members in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses,” Nicole Leverich, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn, was quoted as saying.

LinkedIn has several million users in Russia.

Earlier this week, Apple removed the New York Times from its app store following a request from Chinese authorities claiming the app was in violation of regulations.

China is known for banning digital sites like Facebook and Google that it believes harm its national security or promote misinformation. The Wall Street Journal’s Chinese-language site has been blocked since 2014.

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Activists Urge Airbnb to Remove Israeli Settlement Properties

Activists Urge Airbnb to Remove Israeli Settlement Properties

An international coalition of NGOs called Thursday on Airbnb to remove rental properties in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its website.

A demonstration was held in Paris, and others were planned at Airbnb’s offices in London, and in the US cities of San Francisco and Portland.

In the French capital, a small group of activists from the French Jewish Union for Peace (UJFP) and the BDS France campaign delivered a petition of 140,000 signatures, largely from Britain, France and the United States.

“These are the signatures of 140,000 people who are asking Airbnb to stop making profit from the expropriation of the Palestinian people,” said Imen Habib of BDS France, which calls for economic pressure to be applied on Israel.

“Today is part of an international campaign which will continue until we succeed in getting these rental properties withdrawn,” she added.

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She said Airbnb had told the activists that its role was limited to managing transactions between users and property owners and that it was up to clients to choose where they stayed.

“But Airbnb is responsible for its site, so it’s up to the company to stop advertising these properties for rent,” Habib said.

Other groups taking part in the demonstrations are Jewish Voice for Peace and SumOfUs.

In January Palestinian officials pledged to take action against Airbnb over rooms for rent in settlements in the occupied West Bank being listed on the website as located within Israel.

At the time US-based Airbnb declined an interview, providing only a short statement. “We follow laws and regulations on where we can do business and investigate concerns raised about specific listings,” it said.

Much of the international community, including the US and the EU, opposes all Israeli settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territory and considers them among the largest obstacles to peace.

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Tags: Airbnb, Apps, Internet
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Activists Urge Airbnb to Remove Israeli Settlement Properties

Activists Urge Airbnb to Remove Israeli Settlement Properties

An international coalition of NGOs called Thursday on Airbnb to remove rental properties in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its website.

A demonstration was held in Paris, and others were planned at Airbnb’s offices in London, and in the US cities of San Francisco and Portland.

In the French capital, a small group of activists from the French Jewish Union for Peace (UJFP) and the BDS France campaign delivered a petition of 140,000 signatures, largely from Britain, France and the United States.

“These are the signatures of 140,000 people who are asking Airbnb to stop making profit from the expropriation of the Palestinian people,” said Imen Habib of BDS France, which calls for economic pressure to be applied on Israel.

“Today is part of an international campaign which will continue until we succeed in getting these rental properties withdrawn,” she added.

(Also see:  Why It Matters if Airbnb Paid Beyonce for That Facebook Plug)

She said Airbnb had told the activists that its role was limited to managing transactions between users and property owners and that it was up to clients to choose where they stayed.

“But Airbnb is responsible for its site, so it’s up to the company to stop advertising these properties for rent,” Habib said.

Other groups taking part in the demonstrations are Jewish Voice for Peace and SumOfUs.

In January Palestinian officials pledged to take action against Airbnb over rooms for rent in settlements in the occupied West Bank being listed on the website as located within Israel.

At the time US-based Airbnb declined an interview, providing only a short statement. “We follow laws and regulations on where we can do business and investigate concerns raised about specific listings,” it said.

Much of the international community, including the US and the EU, opposes all Israeli settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territory and considers them among the largest obstacles to peace.

Download the Gadgets 360 app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with the latest tech news, product reviews, and exclusive deals on the popular mobiles.

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