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Telegram messenger app blocked in Russian Federation

Telegram messenger app blocked in Russian Federation

"Telegram can be forced to give up data only if an issue is grave and universal enough to pass the scrutiny of several different legal systems around the world", it explains on its website, clarifying that "several court orders from different jurisdictions are required to force us to give up any data".

The court order comes as Telegram refuses to provide law enforcement and intelligence operations with a key to read the encrypted messages on the service.

According to him, in October 2017, Durov drew up a list of immediate goals to be achieved - among them, postponing the decision on the messenger's blocking at least until the end of 2017.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov has maintained that the service does not have access to the encryption tools. Durov said last week the latest version would have "built-in" features that would be able to circumvent the ban. Telegram is especially popular among political activists, of all stripes, and is used by the Kremlin to communicate with journalists, but it has also been used by jihadists. At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales. Other users resorted to using virtual private networks that disguise their Russian internet location to continue using Telegram. Unfortunately it seems that it is this level of security and privacy that has resulted in the app getting banned in Russian Federation. Iran has also banned the Telegram service although it was later removed on January 13.

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Telegram was launched by two brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov back in 2013 and the team is now based in Dubai with an estimated 200 million monthly active users as of March 2018.

Though it blocked about 78 channels operated by the terrorist group, their privacy policies were not satisfactory for the worldwide security community.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian communications and technology watchdog, had demanded that the app be blocked.

Though the Russian authorities have instructed all Internet Service Providers in Russia to comply with the court ruling, Telegram can still appeal the court's decision within a 30-day window.


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