Snapchat’s parent company says the US messaging app has been registered with Russia’s technology regulator without its knowledge.Snap told the BBC that the Roskomnadzor agency had unilaterally put it on its register of information distributors.The move means Snapchat will be required to keep all messages for six months and make them accessible to the Russian security services.Snap said it had no intention of complying with the rule.
A spokesman for the company said it had provided “very basic contact information” to Roskomnadzor, but “not for the purpose of registering us”.
Snap is the first Western social media company to find itself on the list. Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger have not been added.
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