The communication regulator of Moscow has added WeChat to its rundown of blocked sites, as indicated by Russian state news office TASS.
The chat application crossed paths with laws requiring companies that distribute data online to enlist with the government in Russia.
Worked by tech giant Tencent, WeChat has around 900 million month to month active users, by far most of whom are in China.
Tencent said in an announcement Monday that it’s “in discussions with relevant authorities regarding the situation” in Russia. WeChat has been prohibited since Friday, as per the TASS report.
Russian specialists are progressively seeing the web as a genuine political risk and are attempting to duplicate China’s model of web control, as indicated by New America, a Washington-based research organization.
A year ago, China’s vast online censorship apparatus, known as the Great Firewall, was welcome to talk at a discussion on web security in Moscow. In 2015, Russia passed a law obliging companies to store information about Russian citizens in the nation, similar to Chinese controls keeping information gathered in China from leaving the country.
In Russia, WeChat is quite recently the most recent setback in Moscow’s clampdown on universal online networking stages. However, it is not the first time that Russia has begun blocking social sites. A week ago, Line, Blackberry and Imo messengers were blocked too, as indicated by Russian news outlet RT. In November, it prohibited LinkedIn, which was acquired by Microsoft.
Line, one of Japan’s biggest chat applications, said in an announcement that it’s examining the circumstance. The company additionally seemed to tear into Russia’s law on information gathering.
“Line is committed to protecting user privacy, according to Japanese law,” it said.
With this, WeChat has to negotiate with the Russian government and adapt to their security measures if they have to get a green flag for themselves.