Russian Government is Planning to Block Telegram

Russian Government is Planning to Block Telegram

The Russian government has ordered an immediate ban on Telegram, the encrypted messaging app, after the company ignored a court order to give the Federal Security Service access to encryption keys.

According to the court's decision, access to Telegram will be blocked until the fulfillment of obligations on the transfer of encryption keys to the FSB.

Because Telegram is recognised as an operator of information dissemination in Russian Federation, the company is required to provide encryption keys to let the Federal Security Service read the correspondence of suspected terrorists.

One of the fastest growing social networks and messaging apps in the world, Telegram, has been hit with a ban from Russian authorities.

Telegram's service has faced temporary blocks in Iran - over content being spread on the platform that the regime dislikes.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, whose team uses Telegram to arrange briefings for reporters, said on Friday that it is not the Kremlin's place to comment on court rulings.

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The Telegram app is exceptionally popular in Russian Federation, used not only by everyday people but also government agencies.

"Many Telegram users have already adopted different messengers, and those who want to stay with this product know a lot of ways to get around the ban and continue using the services they are used to", Interfax news agency quoted him as saying. Telegram has repeatedly refused to comply, citing user privacy concerns.

The case was brought to court a year ago by the FSB, Russia internal security service.

Last month, Telegram lost a bid before Russia's Supreme Court to block security agencies from getting access to users' data.

Third-party VPN/Proxy-might be overloaded, which is likely to result in slow operation during the first hours after the block.

In a show of pure hypocrisy, members of the Kremlin use Telegram to talk with other politicians as well as communicate with journalists. "Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed".