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Russian authorities ban Telegram

Telegram founder Pavel Durov, Russia bans Telegram mid-April 2018 (Source: Bloomberg)
Telegram founder Pavel Durov (Source: Bloomberg)
Less than a month since it managed to reach 200 million users within a 30-day period, Telegram Messenger has to take a serious blow as the Russian authorities decide to ban its use in the country. The reason for this decision is the company's unwillingness to provide the keys required by the Federal Security Service to decrypt the users' messages.
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Today's Friday 13th is indeed a bad day for the popular Telegram Messenger, since this messaging app is now no longer accessible to the many users it has in Russia. This decision does not come out of the blue since the Russian authorities asked for the keys needed to decrypt the users' messages sent via Telegram on more than just one occasion.

According to the Russian News Agency TASS, "Moscow’s Tagansky court satisfied the demand of Russia’s telecommunications watchdog and blocked access to the Telegram messenger in Russia over its failure to furnish keys to the Federal Security Service to decrypt user messages, a TASS correspondent reported from the courtroom."

Obviously, this ban will be active until Telegram Messenger complies with the demands of the Federal Security Service. Since Telegram's founder, Pavel Durov, has recently stated that "Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed," it looks like Telegram Messenger users based in Russia should find another similar service to use. Sadly, once a similar service becomes popular in the area while remaining secure, it will become the government's next target. 

Telegram has not issued any statement regarding this development yet, but we will get back to this topic as soon as they do. As sad as it looks, the price of freedom in Russia nowadays seems to be freedom itself.

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Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5459 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-04-13 (Update: 2018-04-13)