Roskomnadzor has blocked the website of WeChat messenger

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 — According to the “Roskomsvoboda”, also tracking the registry Roskomnadzor, the site was made on 4 may 2017.

The representative of the press service of Roskomnadzor has confirmed the fact of blocking. According to him, the reason for the block was that WeChat is not submitted at the request of the Department within the statutory period for accounting service in the register of organizers of information dissemination (ARI).

“Access to the service is limited to well-established procedure of interaction of communication operators, which promptly provides information about resources to which access needs to be limited,” he said.

According to the law “On information, information technologies and protection of information” to the ORI include e-mail services, instant messengers, online forums, and other forums enabling you to exchange messages online. ORI must 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”, — said the representative of Roscomnadzor Vadim Ampelonskiy.

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

WeChat is the most popular app in China, developed by Internet giant Tencent. 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 spends talking via messenger to 90 minutes a day.