On Thursday, Russia blocked its 400,000 citizens from using Zello messaging app in the country.
Over the Ban, Zello Company’s CEO Bill Moore wrote in a blog posts
“Information distribution brokers” like the app to store its user and conversation data — for every user, worldwide — in Russia and make it available to the country’s government. Zello refused, and was completely banned.
For the record, it’s the same treatment LinkedIn received last November when it became the first major Western platform to run afoul of the new law, which had been passed earlier in 2016. When faced with the ultimatum to store the service’s data in-country, LinkedIn similarly refused to fork over user information. Russian agencies proceeded to purge the service completely from the country by forcing Google and Apple to remove the platform from their respective app stores. Assumedly, the same will happen with Zello