Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Telegram blocked in Russian Federation

Telegram blocked in Russian Federation

The access to Telegram will be denied and there won't be technical conditions for sending messages, reported the Russian news agency TASS. Telegram still has the opportunity to appeal the ban, but given the court's rejection of the company's last appeal, it may not make much of a difference. The FSB adds that a court order would still be required to collect data on suspects should there be a need for it.

Roskomnadzor had threatened to ban the app in June a year ago for failing to join its official register, which requires companies to provide the FSB with information on user interactions. He added that FSB's demand that his client must provide access to private conversations of users is not only unconstitutional but baseless and can not be fulfilled technically and legally. Telegram CEO was furious after the brief court session.

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But Russia's FSB Federal Security service has said it needs access to some of those messages for its work that includes guarding against terrorist attacks.

Yesterday, the Tagansky Court of Moscow ordered to block the messenger on the suit by Roskomnadzor.

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Immediately after the ruling, Durov through his page on the VK.com told the Russian users that Telegram will use in-built methods to bypass the block. Today, Judge Yulia Smolina said, "The court ruled to satisfy the demand of Roskomnadzor".

Dinze pointed out that Telegram's lawyers had tried to obtain the necessary documents so that the court hearing could be delayed and "we could resolve the issue".

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Ultimately, Telegram agreed to register with the Russian government as an information distributor that officially operates within the country, but despite that, founder Durov has continuously refused to comply with any request that cam compromise user data. Though both Facebook and Google have butted heads with Russian authorities, Telegram is only the second universal platform to be formally banned (Linkedin was the first). Mr. Durov is a native of Russian Federation, but bailed in 2014 after his first enterprise, a social networking site called Vkontakte (VK), he claimed, was taken over by Putin in retaliation to Mr. Durov's then-refusal to hand over user information as well. Telegram will stand for freedom and privacy', he wrote. The company is insulated from the power that local governments typically have over IT companies because it has the "luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales", Mr Durov said in a message posted on his Telegram channel. The Iranian government took a similar step on New Year's Eve, which Telegram argues was motivated by the fact that Iranian political opposition were using the platform to communicate.

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