Message app Telegram blocked by court in Russian Federation

Message app Telegram blocked by court in Russian Federation

Message app Telegram blocked by court in Russian Federation

Earlier on Friday, Moscow's Tagansky District Court ruled to block access to Telegram in Russian Federation over its failure to provide decryption keys for messages to the Federal Security Service. Based on a ruling by Judge Alla Nazarova of the country's Supreme Court, Communications regulator Roskomnadzor said Telegram had just 15 days from the date of that ruling to provide the encryption keys.

The company said the way the service was built meant it has no access to customers' encryption keys. The access to Telegram will be denied and there won't be technical conditions for sending messages, reported the Russian news agency TASS.

In March, Roskomnadzor notified Telegram that it must comply with the FSB request to provide the FSB "with the information necessary to decode received, transmitted, delivered and (or) processed electronic messages".

On April 6, Roskomnadzor filed the lawsuit on the blocking of Telegram in Russian Federation.

Last year, Russian Federation threatened to ban Telegram, after claiming the encrypted messaging app was used in a terror plot that left 16 people dead.

On his page in the VK social network yesterday, Mr Durov said the app will use built-in systems to circumnavigate the ban in Russian Federation.

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Telegram has been subject to blocks before in other countries, most notably Iran and Indonesia.

However, Telegram's lawyer Pavel Chikov said makes an try and stop the app being utilized in Russian Federation are "groundless". Durov has responded defiantly, saying Telegram will try to bypass the ban, though he couldn't guarantee users could keep accessing it without a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Similarly, despite the Ukrainian government blocking Durov's well-known social network VKontakte in May 2017, users continue to be able to use it via mobile app.

In a tweet responding to the news, founder Pavel Durov wrote: "Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed".

As a result, the app was blocked for a few weeks by the Iranian government. In Russia, government officials, journalists and members of the opposition use Telegram, according to Reuters. However, Pavel Durov stated that his service was not going to implement laws that were "incompatible with the protection of privacy and privacy policy" of the messenger.

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