Russia Bans Telegram After Repeated Warnings From FSB

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Russia Bans Telegram After Repeated Warnings From FSB
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A court in Russia bans Telegram one week after the nation’s communication watchdog sued to limit access to the messaging app. The ban is expected to go into effect immediately.

 

Russia bans Telegram after official warning

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Reuters reports that Roskomnadzor, the Russian government’s communication watchdog, has repeatedly ordered Telegram to provide decryption keys to the Russian counterintelligence agency FSB. This would grant counterintelligence officials access to the messages sent through the service. However, the company has refused to let state authorities view users’ messages, so Roskomnadzor sued to limit access to its messaging app.

The FSB has said that it must be able to see some of the messages sent through Telegram in order to prevent terrorist attacks, but the company defends its refusal to comply by saying that it respects the privacy of its users. As a result, according to TASS news agency, a Moscow court granted the communication watchdog’s request to block access to the