Roskomnadzor blocks nearly 300 Google domains due to a walkie-talkie application called Zello
IP addresses and domains are placed in the ban register of on the basis of the request of the Prosecutor General's Office.
Roskomnadzor blocked Google's 286 IP-addresses and 285 domains because they are used by Zello application. Technical domains and addresses are placed in the register of prohibited resources on the basis of the request of the General Prosecutor's Office, the agency said.
At that, NGO Roskomsvoboda specifies that the service began blocking the IP-addresses on April 6. In particular, Google’s technical domain was banned.
Roskomnadzor emphasizes that this will not affect the work of other Internet company services, but it is impossible to predict how the blocking of technical IP-addresses will affect them, said the head of Roskomvoboda, Artem Kozlyuk.
Kozlyuk said that in theory these measures could affect the operation of Google services in Russia and other websites, but the work of Zello itself cannot be blocked. To recall, the agency has been fighting the application for a year – since the late April 2017.
Zello is an application for various platforms (iOS, Android, Windows), which allows exchanging voice messages over the Internet. The principle of operation is similar to a walkie-talkie: users cannot talk at the same time, only one by one. But unlike conventional radios, Zello works wherever there is access to the Internet.
The application has become very popular among truck drivers. In Russia, they used the service to coordinate strikes against the introduction of the system Platon in winter of 2015.