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Roskomnadzor blocks Zello

On March 6, 2022, Roskomnadzor announced the start of blocking the free communication application Zello. The regulator explained that the administration of this service did not fulfill the requirements of the RKN to immediately stop sending messages to users that contain false information.

The Zello application emulates the operation of a conventional walkie-talkie, but via the Internet. Channels resemble the frequencies in a regular walkie-talkie, if you are subscribed to the channel - you can hear all channel users and send your audio messages to the channel.

On March 5, Roskomnadzor restricted access to the Twitter website in Russia on the basis of Article 15.3 of the federal law "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection."

On March 4, 2022, Roskomnadzor announced the blocking of Facebook as a response to restricting access to Russian media. The regulator began blocking access to the Facebook network (owned by Meta Platforms, Inc.) in Russia.

According to Interfax, Roskomnadzor had already blocked the Zello website and app in the Russian Federation in April 2017, as the company refused to comply with Russian law and provide information for registration in the register of information dissemination organizers (ARI). Then the blocking was carried out by the telecom operators themselves at the request of the ILV. Now the restriction of access to the application will be carried out using the technical means of countering threats (TSPU) of the ILV installed on the networks of most telecom operators in the Russian Federation.

Roskomnadzor blocks Zello