LinkedIn remains blocked in Russia after failing to reach an agreement with the Russian authorities. The professional network was one of the entities charged by a Russian court to have violated the law on personal data and thereby blocked it from public access in 2016.
LinkedIn and Russian regulator Roskomnadzor were in talks of resolving the issue until they confirmed earlier this month that it had been unsuccessful. Roskomnadzor alleged in a statement that the professional network refused to store customer data in Russia, which tantamount to the lack of interest in working on its market. LinkedIn, on the other hand, believed that it had complied with all applicable laws but conversations with the Russian Federation, including one in Moscow last December, proved to be futile.
While LinkedIn remains blocked in Russia, the professional network announced on its website that it will continue to offer a Russian version of the platform and that it will continue hoping to gain public access in the future.
Despite this particular setback in market growth, Microsoft is proving to be successful in executing its goals for its LinkedIn integration plan. In the past few months, LinkedIn has rolled out several product updates and new features for both its premium and free subscribers, contractor targeting, and lite versions for the benefit of users in low connectivity areas—a clear showing on how LinkedIn value customer input by turning them into innovations.
In fact, LinkedIn director David Flink emphasized its “members first” principle in a blog post earlier this month, where the management heeded requests to reinstate popular search features, which were previously removed in the course of redesigning the professional network. Indeed, LinkedIn’s approach to ideation is doing wonders to the social media platform as it works its way to becoming a better and improved home to millions of professionals online.