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Messaging App 'Telegram' Has Been Banned In Russia

Messaging App 'Telegram' Has Been Banned In Russia

The Roskomnadzor communications watchdog on Monday ordered internet and mobile phone operators to block access to Telegram within 24 hours.

The access to Telegram will be denied and there won't be technical conditions for sending messages, reported the Russian news agency TASS.

One of the leading instant messaging service companies, Telegram, has been blocked from carrying out its operations in Russian Federation weeks after a highly successful initial coin offering (ICO) which raked in $1.7 billion.

In July 2017, the FSB demanded that Telegram provide the keys to decrypt user messages citing its own administrative order, which established the procedure for providing the encryption keys. 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. Even if Durov changes Telegram's software to try to bypass Russia's block, "he will realize that most people just don't want to bother", Kremlin internet adviser German Klimenko said on Facebook. He wrote on his VK page: "The power that local governments have over IT corporations is based on money". "We consider the ban decision anti-constitutional and will continue to defend the right to secret correspondence for Russians". Unfortunately it seems that it is this level of security and privacy that has resulted in the app getting banned in Russian Federation.

TWEET: Can we ban karaoke instead of Telegram? Other countries to have blocked the app or its services includes Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Bahrain.

Telegram was unavailable to users on Monday for a short time but was back online later in the day.

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

The decision followed repeated refusal by the company to hand over encryption keys for its messages to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

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