Telegram chat app blocked in Russian Federation

Russia orders immediate block of Telegram messaging app

Earlier, Tagansky court in Moscow satisfied the suit of Roskomnadzor and ruled to block Telegram messenger on the entire territory of the Russian Federation.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian communications and technology watchdog, had demanded that the app be blocked. In July 2016, the FSB ordered the messenger service's managers to sign a document agreeing to hand over encryption keys that would give security agents access to data exchanges on six types of telephones that use the service.

In addition, Telegram IT specialists explained that it was not possible to hand over encryption keys to clients' messages because the correspondents exchanged them directly. A Russian native, Durov now is based in Dubai.

Durov went on to say that the app would find ways to circumvent Russia's ban by using built-in systems in the service, he wrote online.

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Lastly, he urged users not to remove or reinstall Telegram if they encounter connection issues but instead to install Telegram updates on the App Store or Play Store which should contain fixes if anything breaks.

On Friday, the CEO said "privacy is not for sale".

"The power that local governments have over IT corporations is based on money".

At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales.

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The messaging service has been facing trouble in Russian Federation over refusing to share its encryption keys with state authorities, even after losing multiple legal cases. Like WhatsApp, messages on the service are encrypted "end to end" meaning that only the sender and recipient can see the content of the private communications.

"In recent years the Russian authorities have steadily targeted the country's few remaining spaces for freedom of expression", Krivosheev added. They're located in Settings Data and Storage Proxy Settings.

The popular messaging app Telegram has recently been banned according to the FT.

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