Moscow, Russia Court Orders To Ban Telegram Messaging App due to not allowing Russian Security Services to access user data. Today Moscow, Russia court orders to ban Telegram Messaging App immediately due to security reasons to the access of user data. Telegram refused to give access to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) which they will use to access over 200 million users data worldwide. The Telegram messaging app is so much popular in Russia, especially in Elite groups. All the Kremlin officials and other politicians are used to with this app to stay in touch. The popular and influential users like Margarita Simonyan, the head of the state-funded TV station Russia Today, and Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary are also the users of this app.
Dmitry Peskov recently said, “There are a lot of messaging services, Telegram is very convenient, we have been using it for press communication”.
He said, “But the law is a law, and if it is violated and no steps are taken, then we will search for an alternative one”.
Telegram messaging app is invented in Russia by an internet entrepreneur Pavel Durov, who is consistently warned by the security service officials after the issue with VKontakte in 2014.
The founder of Telegram App Pavel Durov has been already said publicly that, ‘he will not give any FSB access to the officials to access the users’ data over worldwide. He was mocked last week by the security agency by posting an image of two metal keys with a demand to give the Telegram encryption keys to the government’. All the other encrypted social messaging services like Whatsapp and Signal have remained legal in Russia.
Russia’s Law Enforcement Over Telegram Messaging App
Alexei Venediktov an influential head of Russia’s popular Moscow radio station said that “This is an attempt to block the Telegram by Russia’s Law Enforcement to stop technological progress rather than adopt it.”
Venediktov said he spent his morning time by contacting and messaging via Telegram App over a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to hide from the ban.
The Deputy Director of Human Rights Group of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Denis Krivosheev yesterday criticised the government’s action that, “By attempting the ban on the Telegram Messaging App government is trying to capture the freedom of online expression in the country.” Amnesty International also said that ‘the Government is taking our freedom from the internet, freedom of expression’.