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

According to the new rules, when a new user first registers in the messenger, the service must send

request for identification of a number to a mobile operator. If the operator does not transfer all data to the messenger within 20 minutes, the service is obliged to block the user’s account.

In case the user has longregistered in the messenger, the service is still required to request data from the mobile operator. If the information in the messenger matches the operator’s data, then the verification is considered completed.

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 services will identify owners of corporate SIM cards and foreign operators.