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Russian Authority to Censor Telegram

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The government seek to censor Telegram, to many, that is not surprising because Russian authority have been hard on social media and instant messaging apps in the past years.
Telegram is an instant messaging app created by Pavel Durov and his elder brother Nikolai Durov both Russians.

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Authority Censor Telegram

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BBC reports that the Russian government has started legal proceedings to block the Telegram messaging app in the country.

The Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media) who are  media regulator is seeking the block because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages. Telegram, which is based in Dubai, was given a deadline of 4 April to hand over the keys. The company has refused, saying the way the service is built means it has no access to them.

Russia’s main security agency, the FSB, wants the keys so it can read messages and prevent future terror attacks in the country.

In its court filing, Roskomnadzor said the legal action was related to the FSB request and Telegram’s non-compliance with its legal requirements as a “distributor of information”.

Telegram’s lawyer, Pavel Chikov, said the official attempt to stop the app being used in Russia was “groundless”.

In a statement, he said: “The FSB’s requirements to provide access to private conversations of users are unconstitutional, baseless, which cannot be fulfilled technically and legally.”

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Analysis by BBC Monitoring

Telegram is the latest social platform to be targeted as the Russian government seeks to exert greater control over online communications.

Similar disputes and threats have been made against major social platforms since legislation passed in 2016, which required messaging services to provide authorities with the capability to decrypt online conversations.

The results have been varied. Earlier this year, Instagram agreed to

The messaging app is widely used across Russia and many nations in the Middle East. It claims to have more than 200 million active users.

Its popularity has grown because of its emphasis on encryption which thwarts many widely used methods of reading confidential communications.

Telegram is also currently trying to raise funds for expansion via an Initial Coin Offering. This involves investors buying into a crypto-currency, called Gram, created and run by the firm. So far, it is believed to have raised about $1.7bn (£1.2bn) via this funding scheme.


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