Telegram is banned from Russian Federation following court ruling

Telegram is banned from Russian Federation following court ruling

However, Russia's FSB Federal Security service demanded access to some of those messages to track down potential terrorist attacks. Competitor Beeline said it would "act within the framework of the law".

In its court filing, media regulator Roskomnadzor had said Telegram had failed to comply with its legal requirements as a "distributor of information".

"They have demonstrated again and again that the court system is devoted to serving the interests of the authorities".

Durov said that Telegram users in Russian Federation may be able to circumvent the ban using some of the app's built-in systems, but he added that users may need to use a virtual private network to access Telegram in the country. So far, it has reportedly raised $1.7 billion in pre-sales via the offering.

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On the time, Chikov said the company would not once more down inside the face of the Russian intelligence corporations, together with that the case in opposition to Telegram is politically motivated.

Reuters contributed reporting to this article. According to researcher Mediascope, Telegram enjoys more than 9.5 million users in Russian Federation alone. Telegram plans to appeal the ruling.

"Limiting access was not the goal in and of itself", he said. Meetings this condition would have allowed for a consensus.

"After Russia earlier blocked LinkedIn and file-sharing site RuTracker, they lost a big chunk of their audience, even though some users turned to the TOR browser and proxy servers to access them", said Karen Kazaryan, an analyst at internet lobby group Raec. Though both Facebook and Google have butted heads with Russian authorities, Telegram is only the second universal platform to be formally banned (Linkedin was the first).

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"Restricting access has not been an aim", Peskov told a conference call, adding that a compromise would have been possible if the company had observed the law.

In July, Durov received the FSB requests to provide information for decoding messages of six app users.

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

Durov is himself Russian but has lived in exile since 2014 after claiming he'd been forced to hand control of his former social networking company, vk, to allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin - also as a result of refusing to hand user data to authorities.

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