Russia blocks Chinese instant messaging app 'Wechat'
Moscow: Russia has banned Chinese instant messaging app WeChat, saying its operator failed to register with the appropriate authorities.
Vadim Ampelonsky, spokesman of Russian telecommunication watchdog Roskomnadzor, on Friday, said, "WeChat did not provide the contact information necessary for registration with authorities."
WeChat is the most popular messenger app in China and is widely used by Chinese nationals living overseas. It is owned by China's IT giant Tencent.
Tencent's spokesman Zhang Jun in response said, "The company is in contact with Russian authorities regarding the issue."
It may be mentioned that earlier on Tuesday, Roskomnadzor also blocked Messenger, Line and Vchat but did not provide details.