Russian Federation starts blocking Telegram app

18 April, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Борьбу Роскомнадзора с Telegram высмеяли в меткой карикатуре

A clumsy attempt by the Russian authorities to block Telegram has taken many unrelated websites and apps offline - while so far the instant messaging service has continued operating. Telegram refused to comply and did not hand over the keys of 200,000,000 users that use the platform.

Telegram remained functional as of Tuesday night and said it had gained hundreds of thousands of new users. FSB argued the importance of access to Telegram for national security reasons. Earlier, the ultimatum put forward by Roskomnadzor to Telegram ended. To verify it and keep false information at bay, Roskomnadzor created a special hot line. Denying access to Telegram started all over Russian Federation on Monday, the agency informs in a short press-release.

It also requested that Google and Apple remove the service's mobile applications from their respective app stores in Russian Federation.

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The country's telecoms regulator has officially submitted requests to the two companies to get Telegram expunged from the Google Play and Apple App Stores in Russian Federation, according to Reuters. "The answer should be the removal of Telegram applications", the federal censor informed on Tuesday.

A Russian court has determined that security weighs heavier than liberty in a case that pitted social media giant Telegram against the Russian powers, which, Telegram, for now, has lost. It appears that Telegram is trying to keep the service available despite the blocking.

Moreover, the editorial board of 4PDA edited the news about Telegram's blocking.

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Tech Times contacted Telegram for a comment.

Roskomnadzor is carrying out a decision by a Russian court that ruled on Friday that the messaging company should be blocked for not abiding by Russian regulations, Reuters reported.

But Telegram's founder has recently been butting heads with the Russian government, who has requested access to the encryption keys to the app following the St. Petersburg terror attack in 2017. After an 18-minute hearing in a Moscow court, the ban was announced.

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There is speculation the government could be slow to block Telegram for this reason, although the judge ordered an immediate ban, lasting until the company submits to the FSB's demands.

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