MOSCOW Russia has blocked entrance to Chinese amicable media app WeChat, grown by Tencent Holdings, for unwell to give a
contact sum to a Russian communications watchdog.
Access to China’s many renouned amicable media height has been limited given May 4, according to information posted on a Russian regulator’s website.
Last year, Russia blocked U.S. amicable networking site LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, for violating a law that requires information on Russian adults to be stored on Russian servers.
Vadim Ampelonskiy, orator for a Roskomnadzor watchdog, pronounced on Saturday WeChat was blocked since it did not yield hit sum for Russia’s register of “organizers of information placement on a internet.”
Tencent told Reuters it was checking a standing of WeChat in Russia and was in talks with a applicable authorities.
WeChat, launched in 2011, is not hugely renouned in Russia though a blockage might impact Chinese tourists and Russians doing business with China.
The many renouned mobile messaging applications in Russia final year were Mail.ru’s VKontakte, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Rakuten’s Viber, according to consultants J’son Partners.
Meanwhile amicable media applications such as Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China, with President Xi Jinping a outspoken disciple of supposed cyber sovereignty.
(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova in Moscow and Anne Marie Roantree and Sijia Jiang in Hong Kong; Editing by Tom Hogue and Clelia Oziel)