Technology Russia files lawsuit to block Telegram messaging app

16:27  06 april  2018
16:27  06 april  2018 Source:   Reuters

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Russia ’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday accused the Telegram messaging app of violating Russian legislation and said it could be blocked if it did not provide it with information about the company that controls Telegram .

Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram , said the app was not blocked in any other countries, adding that if the app is banned in Russia then the government officials will entrust their communications to other countries' messengers. "As soon as Telegram is blocked

a close up of a light: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Telegram logo in this picture illustration© REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Telegram logo in this picture illustration Russia's state communications watchdog said on Friday it had filed a lawsuit to limit access to the Telegram messaging app after the company refused to give Russian state security services access to its users' secret messages.

Ranked as the world's ninth most popular mobile messaging app, Telegram is widely used in countries across the former Soviet Union and Middle East. Active users of the app reached 200 million in March.

As part of its services, Telegram allows users to communicate via encrypted messages which cannot be read by third parties, including government authorities.

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The encrypted messaging app Telegram has 15 days to hand user encryption keys over to the Russian government or risk being blocked . The laws in Russia don’t seem to be on Telegram ’s side, as Putin passed anti-terrorism laws in 2016 that included provisions requiring messaging

But Russia's FSB Federal Security service has said it needs access to some messages for its work, including guarding against terrorist attacks. Telegram has refused to comply with its demands, citing respect for user privacy.

Russia's Roskomnadzor communications watchdog said it had filed a lawsuit at a Moscow court on Friday "with a request to restrict access on the territory of Russia to the information resources of ... Telegram Messenger Limited Liability Partnership."

It said the suit was connected to statements by the FSB that Telegram was not complying with its legal obligations as an "organizer of information distribution."

A spokesman for Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov said on Twitter in March: "Threats to block Telegram unless it gives up private data of its users will not bear fruit. Telegram will stand for freedom and privacy."

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Telegram shall be blocked in Russia until we receive the needed information." Russian wants Telegram to share its users' chats and crypto keys if asked, as the encrypted messaging app has become widely popular among terrorists that operate inside Russia .

MOSCOW Russia 's communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday accused the Telegram messaging app of violating Russian legislation and said it could be blocked . Olivia de Havilland's 'Feud' lawsuit against FX Networks thrown out.

The Russian court decision will be closely watched by investors as Telegram is also undertaking the world's biggest initial coin offering - a private sale of tokens which could be traded as an alternative currency, similar to Bitcoin or Ethereum.

The company has so far raised $1.7 billion in pre-sales via the offering, according to media reports.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

Russian court bans access to Telegram messenger .
A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service should be blocked in Russia, Russian news agencies reported, heralding communication disruption for scores of users - including government officials. The decision came a week after Russia's state communication watchdog filed a lawsuit to limit access to Telegram messaging app following the company's refusal to give Russian state security services access to its users messages.

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