Moscow court blocks use of Telegram messaging app

15 April, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Alexander Scherbak  TASS

Moscow's Tagansky District Court on Friday granted the demand of Russia's state sensor Roskomnadzor to block the access to the Telegram messenger in Russian Federation due to its refusal to provide user data. The court's judge said the decision must be implemented immediately and the access ban would remain in force until the FSB's demands were met. Russia's FSB Federal Security service has argued it needs access to Telegram messages for safeguarding against acts of terrorism, among other things. With a court ruling, Roskomnadzor is set to include Telegram in a list of banned internet resources and will order the country's communications providers to restrict access. Roskomnadzor's representatives also said it would restore Telegram service if the company began complying with FSB requests for data.

FSB's emphasis on getting access is because Telegram HS a terrorist problem due to the emphasis it places on user privacy.

Launched in 2013, Telegram is now among the world's most popular mobile messaging apps. A request sent to the firm by the authorities to hand over the encryption keys by 4 of April was not honoured.


Roskomnadzor will add the addresses for blocking Telegram in Russian Federation on April 16, Interfax reports referring to a source familiar with the situation. "What matters most is privacy which is not for sale and more to that human rights should not be compromised out of greed or fear".

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, later declaring his everyday conference telephone Telegram, 1st dropped to comment and subsequently said that the company should stick to the law. So popular is the app in Russian Federation that some highly placed government officials including the press officer to President Vladimir V. Putin is reported to be among its users. Reports have also suggested that Telegram's servers are used to store pirated movie and music content.

Russia's state communications watchdog sought the ban last Friday in a lawsuit that asked the court for the authority to block the app's use in Russian territories. "Telegram will use built-in methods to bypass blocking, which do not require action from users, although 100% accessibility of the service without VPN is not guaranteed", he wrote.

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