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Vkontakte founder denies rumours about social network shutdown

January 09, 2012, 2:43 UTC+3

In 2011 the daily activities of the social network exceeded 30 million users

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MOSCOW, January 9 (Itar-Tass) — The founder and shareholder of Russia’s leading social network Vkontakte, Pavel Durov, denied rumours about the shutdown of the network in March 2012 that quickly spread across the internet.

“The rumours that Vkontakte will be “supposedly” closed in March are strongly spreading. This is nonsense,” he wrote on his account. “We will never close. We will never betray our users.”

Vkontakte is Russia’s largest social network that was created in 2006. It outpaced by the popularity its main rival – Odnoklassniki.

In 2011 the daily activities of the social network exceeded 30 million users, while over 110 million users created their accounts in Vkontakte.

According to the TNS Global Market Research, in 2011 this network became the most visited website in the Russian-speaking segment of the internet.

Earlier Pavel Durov said that in December following large-scale protests against frauds at the State Duma elections he had been offered to block several user communities in his social network, what he refused to do.

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