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Russia blocks China’s social media app ‘WeChat’

Russian telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor has recently blocked China’s WeChat, the most popular social media app developed by Tencent Holdings.

App developers, Tencent Technology said that they are aware of the move and are communicating with the Russian authorities to resolve the issue.

Russia requires internet service providers to register with related government bodies, but Tencent had a different understanding on this issue, the company said in a statement.

Access to the app was restricted on the basis of Article 15.4 of the law on information, information technologies and information security, according to Roskomnadzor. The article stipulates sanctions for failure to discharge various responsibilities of organisers of information distribution on the internet.

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

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