VK also has tools for managing online communities and celebrity pages.The site allows its users to upload, search and stream media content, such as videos and music., meaning In Contact) is a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg.

User registration was initially limited to within university circles exclusively by invitation, but the site still grew quickly.

In February 2007 the site reached a user base of over 100,000 and was recognized as the second largest company in Russia's nascent social network market.

VK allows users to message each other publicly or privately; create groups, public pages, and events; share and tag images, audio, and video; and play browser-based games.

Initially, founder and CEO Pavel Durov owned 20% of shares (although he had majority voting power through proxy votes), and a trio of Russian-Israeli investors, Yitzchak Mirilashvili (Mikhael Mirilashvili's son) and Lev Leviev, On , Group announced that it has decided to yield control of the company to Durov by offering him the voting rights on its shares.

As a countermeasure, antigate was detecting whether iframe was loaded from VK and if it were antigate had redirected request to x Hamster, a pornography website.

VK needed to cease the attack due to the site's use by children.

In May 2017, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to impose a ban on and its widely used social networks including VKontakte and Odnoklassniki as part of its continued sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the War in Donbass.

VKontakte was incorporated on 19 January 2007 as a Russian limited liability company.

VK features an advanced search engine, that allows complex queries for finding friends, as well as a real-time news search. As of May 2018 the site is available in 86 languages, while advertisements are only shown in the Russian and Ukrainian versions.