Russian telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor has listed China's social media app WeChat on the register of prohibited websites.
Sanctions are stipulated in Russia for "organizers of information distribution on the internet" for failure to comply with the Russian law on information, information technologies and information security.
According to data on WeChat's website, about 800 mln people worldwide are using this messenger.
If you've ever been stuck in China wanting to check your Facebook or Twitter feed but unable to do so because of the Great Firewall, then enjoy this piece of poetic justice: WeChat, China's biggest instant messaging app, has been blocked in an overseas country.
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Tencent's spokesman Zhang Jun in response said the company is in contact with Russian authorites regarding the issue. According to Russia's regulation on Internet management, online service providers must have to register with related government bodies in the country, while WeChat had a different understanding over the issue.
Last year, Russian Federation blocked popular professional networking site LinkedIn as it allegedly failed to comply with the rules.
WeChat is the latest and most popular chat and messaging platform to be blocked by Moscow's communications and media regulator.
Russian Federation on Friday banned the access to Chinese instant messaging app WeChat, saying its operator failed to register with the appropriate authorities. Meanwhile, some people also believe that blocking a popular service like WeChat could hurt bilateral relations between Beijing and Moscow.