Russian Communications Watchdog Sends Notification on Telegram Ban
Sputnik / Tech12:04 16.04.2018(updated 12:23 16.04.2018) Get short URL
The legal action against Telegram has been requested by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), which had previously asked Telegram CEO Pavel Durov to provide the agency with encryption keys in an effort to deter terror attacks in Russia, since the messenger is believed to be widely used by terrorists.
The Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has announced that it had sent a notification that Telegram access was being restricted to Telecom operators. The watchdog is also set to send requests to AppStore and Google Play to delete the applications.
The announcement comes days after Moscow district court authorized Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor to block Telegram in Russia immediately, without waiting for the appeal’s consideration. According to the court, Telegram will remain blocked in the country until it provides encryption keys to the Russian authorities.
In his turn, the messenger’s CEO Pavel Durov stated that Telegram would use built-in methods to bypass blocking, which do not require user action.
He also said that regardless of blocking, Telegram will retain the ability to send notices to all Russian users, informing them about the development of the situation.
The court’s decision followed the legal action against Telegram that had been requested by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which had previously asked Telegram Durov to provide the agency with encryption keys in an effort to deter terror attacks in Russia since the messenger is believed to be widely used by terrorists.
The company was given 15 days until early April to comply but ultimately it refused to provide the FSB with the encryption keys.
Twitterians in the Russian segment of the internet rushed to comment on the ban.
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