Monday, May 8, 2017

China's most popular messaging app WeChat has been blocked in Russia

Russia has added WeChat to its list of prohibited websites following the fact that the instant messaging app is not in compliance with the Russian Government, as the China's  WeChat is censoring group chats without users' knowledge . According to Russian state news agency TASS, The WeChat  which is operated by the tech giant Tencent, has failed to comply with the Russian law which states the companies must  register with Government  authorities in Russia if the company is all about information distribution about Russians online.
     The messaging app WeChat which  has about 900 million monthly active users, the vast majority of whom are in China has been blacklisted since Friday according to TASS report, but the discussion is going on with relevant authorities according to Tencent statement.
Russia does not take the internet as politically  friendly tool so it tries to copy China's model of internet control by enforcing laws on its internet exposure to of its citizens. This is law is that all data about Russian citizens must must be stored locally on the Russian data centres and not abroad, this is just similar Chinese law which enforces that collection about Chinese people to remain in the country. In China sensitive keywords are blocked by default in message chats, words and topics like Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 or Tibet are blocked and censored.
WeChat is neither the first to receive this kind of treatment from Russia  the international, the communications regulator blocked Line (LN), Blackberry (BBRY, Tech30) and Imo messengers, according to Russian news outlet RT. In November, it banned LinkedIn, the social network for professionals that's owned by Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30).
Line, one of Japan's biggest messaging apps, said in a statement that it's investigating the situation. The company also appeared to take a veiled swipe at Russia's law on data collection.
It can be seen that Russia is taking its cyber law very seriously and businesses have to note that before extending services to Russia

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