Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Telegram isn't complying with Russian Federation so the country is blocking them out

Moscow court blocks access to Telegram in Russia Russia blocks Telegram
Oscar Goodwin | 15 April, 2018, 01:27

The Telegram app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017.

Russian security services ordered Telegram to hand over access to encrypted user messages, but the messaging application (app) refused. The recent decision b the Tagansky District Court in Moscow meant that Roskomnadzor which is the internet monitoring organization in Russian Federation will now force ISPs to block the access of Telegram very soon. Many Russian authorities also use the service-one employee suggested to Reuters that they will circumvent the ban using VPN services.

In 2016, Russian Federation put severe anti-terrorism laws in place that ordered messaging services, like Telegram, to cooperate with officials and grant them access to their message decryption.

Telegram declined to comply with the requests for encrypted messages, citing users' privacy and technical challenges. "The court ruled to satisfy the demand of Rosomnadzor", judge Yulia Smolina said.

Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov said the ban would be enforced soon but would not say exactly when TASS reported. Competitor Beeline said it would "act within the framework of the law". The FSB claimed that the suicide bomber in the attack had used Telegram, and said it needed access to some of Telegram's messages to prevent future attacks.

Moscow court blocks access to Telegram in Russia
Telegram chat app blocked in Russia – media

The FSB says Telegram is used by "international terrorist organizations in Russian Federation".

On the time, Chikov said the company would not once more down inside the face of the Russian intelligence corporations, together with that the case in opposition to Telegram is politically motivated. So far, it has reportedly raised $1.7 billion in pre-sales via the offering.

Nowhere near as popular around the world as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, Telegram has also seen great progress in the less than five years since its inception, reaching 200 million monthly active users as of this March. Its closure led to a slightly surreal situation, in which Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov arranged a press conference call using the app and then announced that they would start using a different app to contact reporters. Earlier, the ultimatum put forward by Roskomnadzor to Telegram ended.

Other worldwide technology companies, such as Facebook and Alphabet's Google, have also clashed recently with Russian regulators. Despite the social media appealing, the fine was ruled legal. Durov has remained resolute in his determination not to allow the FSB access user communications.

Users would not have to do anything, for users who experienced issues with connectivity, Durov recommends simply installing updates from the Play Store or App Store.

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