Russia Bans Access to Telegram Encrypted Messenger Service [Updated]

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A Russian law court has ordered that access to the Telegram encrypted messaging service should be blocked, according to Russian news agencies on Friday (via Reuters).

The development follows last week's news that Russia's media regulator had filed legal proceedings to block the app in the country because the company refused to enable state security services to access users' messages.

The Telegram platform allows people to communicate with each other using end-to-end encryption, meaning no-one - not even Telegram - has access to messages sent between users.

The app has over 200 million users globally. They include Kremlin staff, who use Telegram to coordinate conference calls with Vladimir Putin's spokesman. Many government officials also use the messenger app to communicate with media, according to Reuters.
When Reuters asked a person in the Russian government on how they would operate without access to Telegram, the person, who asked not be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue, replied by sending a screenshot of his mobile phone with an open VPN app.
Telegram becomes the second global network after LinkedIn to be blocked in Russia. In 2016, a court found LinkedIn guilty of violating a law that requires companies holding Russian citizens' data to store it on servers within Russia.

Update 04/17: The Russian government has formally requested that Apple remove Telegram from its regional App Store in the country, reports Reuters.

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Cyroceon

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Does this mean that other services still available in Russia specifically allow for Russian security services to eavesdrop? I’d like to explore the reverse implications of knowing that Telegram is banned. What services that include a one-to-one messenger aren’t banned? Lest we pretend those are not wiretapped?
 
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Telegram has great cloud-syncing, instant and synchronised notifications across devices, GIF-integration etc.. They are both great, with their own pros and cons.
Yet Signal’s encryption is a lot better, it’s used by Edward Snowden and with Telegram being ISIS’ main communication platform it’s certainly much more under the radar of goverment agencies.
 

WBRacing

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Be interesting to know the number of Telegram vs Whatsapp users in Russia.
Just curious to know why we don't see them chasing down WA.
 
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JosephAW

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Now Vlad and staff will have to use the super secure FB Messenger or its sibling WhatsApp. Да? Нет? Doh!
 

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And yet, the idiot in your avatar that you support loves Russia, is a Putin puppet and wants us to be more like his vile dictatorship.
Oh come on. I don't like Trump either (at all) but when did he ever do something that benefited Russia? Last time I checked he was threatening to attack them in Syria and risk starting WW3. The idea that Trump is in any way supportive of Russia is absurd and laughable.
 

manu chao

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So is iMessage banned in Russia?
iMessage is much less of a threat to Putin as the market share of iPhones in Russia is significantly lower than the marketshare of mobile devices being able to run Telegram (the latter probably approaching 100% if we exclude non-smartphone phones).
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Oh come on. I don't like Trump either (at all) but when did he ever do something that benefited Russia? Last time I checked he was threatening to attack them in Syria and risk starting WW3. The idea that Trump is in any way supportive of Russia is absurd and laughable.
Trump might not be supportive of Russia but he has way too much admiration for authoritarian leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping (and others) than is healthy for a democracy.
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When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
In regard to guns, that's a good thing because way too much damage is done with guns by non-outlaws (from accidents, over suicides to use by mentally unstable people).
 
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