China's Tencent 'deeply sorry' for Russia WeChat block

Tomas Mccoy
May 7, 2017

Russian Federation has blocked China's most popular social messaging app WeChat, saying its internet service operator failed to register certain laws with the related government bodies in the country, according to information posted on the regulator's website on Friday.

The authorities took action after the company failed to discharge the various responsibilities regarding information distribution on the internet, the newspaper stated.

According to data on WeChat's website, about 800 mln people worldwide are using this messenger.

Tencent's spokesman Zhang Jun in response said the company is in contact with Russian authorites regarding the issue.

Russian Federation requires Internet service providers to register with related government bodies, but Tencent had a different understanding on this issue, the company said.

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked popular Chinese messenger WeChat and its website, the RosKomSvoboda NGO announced on its website on Friday.

Russian media quoted the regulator Roskomnadzor, which was not immediately available for comment on Saturday, as saying the access was restricted after WeChat refused to provide contact information for the regulator's register.

Russia's telecoms watchdog has blocked China's WeChat, the most popular instant messaging app developed by Tencent Holdings.

China has itself blocked many foreign social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, on the basis of domestic regulations.

It is unclear how many users WeChat has in Russian Federation. Meanwhile, some people also believe that blocking a popular service like WeChat could hurt bilateral relations between Beijing and Moscow.

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