In Russia, new rules for identifying users of instant messengers began to operate. They prohibit anonymous correspondence!

According to the new rules, when you first register with a new user’s messenger, the service must send

request to identify the number of the mobile operator. If in 20 minutes the operator does not transfer all the data to the instant messenger, the service is obliged to block the user account.

In case the user is longregistered in the messenger, the service is still obliged to request data from the mobile operator. If the information in the messenger coincides with the data of the operator, then the verification is considered to be passed.

If the user specified fake data when registering in the messenger, the service is obliged to block it.

Experts point out that almost all the largestinstant messengers are referred to as “organizers of the instant messaging service” and not to the list of “instant messengers”. It has only Snapchat, WeChat and the VK social network messenger.


In this case, it is not clear how the leading messengers will becomply with this law and whether Telegram will share users' personal information with the authorities. In case the messengers refuse to block users, Roskomnadzor can fine them up to the amount of 1 million rubles or prohibit their work in Russia. At the same time, Roskomnadzor is trying to block Telegram in RuNet from April 16, 2018, but the service is still working.

The law does not say how the services will identify the owners of corporate SIM cards and foreign operators.