Roskomnadzor has blocked the website of WeChat messenger

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Website WeChat, one of the most popular messengers in the world, was blocked on the territory of Russia. The reason was the article of law under which the service should transmit data about users to the authorities

The WeChat messenger has been entered in the register of prohibited information Roskomnadzor, from the data service provider access restrictions to sites and pages on the Internet.

Under restriction were URL-the page messenger — wechat.com. According to the “Roskomsvoboda”, also tracking the registry Roskomnadzor, the site was made on 4 may 2017. The representative of Roskomnadzor has not yet responded to a request to RBC.

As indicated, access to wechat.com was limited on the basis of article 15.4 of the Federal law of July 27, 2006 № 149-FZ “On information, information technologies and protection of information”. It deals about the organizers of information dissemination on the Internet (ARI). These include e-mail services, instant messengers, online forums, and other forums enabling you to exchange messages online. Under the law, ORI should notify Roskomnadzor about the beginning of implementation activities, as well as store on the territory of Russia information about the facts of reception, transmission and processing of voice information, written text, images, sounds, video or other electronic messages to users within six months from the date of completion of implementation of such actions. This information they must provide on request to the competent authorities, such as the Federal security service.

In the case of non-compliance services can be denied, i.e. blocked on the territory of Russia. Previously, on the basis of the same article, the regulator has blocked the sites of messenger BlackBerry, Imo, Line, Vchat and chat online radio Zello, which has not sent to the office of information for inclusion in the register ORI.

“Roskomnadzor together with the Federal security service systematically deals with content of the registry. Only in recent months have been included in such notable resources as Swiss messaging app Threema and several major file — hosting- Depositfiles, Letitbit, Mediaget. Just register contains information about 72 resources”, — told RBC earlier by the representative of Roscomnadzor Vadim Ampelonskiy.

In addition to the above services in the registry is also a registered e-mail clients Mail.ru Group and “Yandex” cloud service “Yandex.Disc” the social network “My world”, “My circle”, “Vkontakte”, Dating services, Mamba and Badoo messenger “[email protected]”.

WeChat — the most popular app in China, developed by Internet giant Tecent. At the end of 2016 audience of the service consisted of 889 million users. According to own data of the company, half of the users spend talking via messenger to 90 minutes a day.

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