Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Russian court allows Telegram messaging app to be blocked

Russian court allows Telegram messaging app to be blocked

As with other modern encryption apps such as WhatsApp, the keys to Telegram users' private conversations are held on their own devices, so the company running the service does not hold anything it can turn over.

Security officers say they need the information to look at potential terrorist train.

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service should be blocked in Russia, Russian news agencies reported, heralding communication disruption for scores of users - including government officials.

However, authorities argue that the app has flip into the messenger of other for "worldwide terrorist organisations in Russia".

In its court filing, media regulator Roskomnadzor had said Telegram had failed to comply with its legal requirements as a "distributor of information". The access to Telegram will be denied and there won't be technical conditions for sending messages.

In a statement, he said: "The FSB's requirements to provide access to private conversations of users are unconstitutional, baseless, which can not be fulfilled technically and legally".

Telegram has repeatedly branded the court's demands as "unconstitutional, legally unfounded and technically and legally unenforceable". However, it is undoubtedly a blow to the messaging app that boasts over 200 million users, many of whom are crypto enthusiasts.

He said: "It is inconceivable to make any concessions or accept any agreements on this situation".

The court hearing took only 18-minutes before Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications watchdog, was vindicated in their request to ban the messaging app.

With more than 200 million users worldwide, the mobile messaging app allows users to communicate via encrypted messages which can not be read by third parties, including government authorities.

Telegram has been utilized by ISIS and its supporters, whatever the company claiming to have closed down many pro-ISIS channels.

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