Russia Requires Smartphones to Have Russian Software
A new law in Russia now requires all smart devices — including phones, computers, and TVs — in the country to have Russian software preinstalled, in what some locals have called a "law against Apple."
The law applies to all devices produced in the country from Thursday onwards, in an attempt to help Russian software companies compete with international ones.
Just as US officials had threatened to ban Chinese apps from the country, Russia has been trying to crack down on US tech companies in the country and boost its own government-controlled internet. Last month, Russia slowed down Twitter in response to the company's refusal to remove various banned content, but that ended up blocking more domains, including the Kremlin’s own website.
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