Russian Court Bans Telegram Application Later Hearing

Court orders to block Telegram- immediately

Court orders to block Telegram- immediately

This morning, Moscow's Tagansky District Court issued a ruling to block access to Telegram, a popular messaging service with close to ten million users in Russian Federation, and close to 200,000 worldwide, for failure to hand encryption keys over to Russia's security services.

Russia's media regulator had sought to block the app because the firm has refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages.

The court pointed out that Telegram would remain blocked in Russia until it provides encryption keys to the Russian authorities.

The decision was made on Friday after a 40-minute hearing in Moscow that was not attended by the company's lawyers, at the request of Telegram's founder and chief executive, Pavel Durov.

As part of its services, Telegram allows its more than 200 million global users, including senior Russian government officials, to communicate via encrypted messages which can not be read by third parties.

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".

FSB's emphasis on getting access is because Telegram HS a terrorist problem due to the emphasis it places on user privacy.

"At Telegram, we don't care about revenue streams or even ads".

Roskomnadzor, Telegram and the Russian Embassy didn't immediately respond to CNET requests for comment. "What matters most is privacy which is not for sale and more to that human rights should not be compromised out of greed or fear".

However late last month Telegram lost a bid before the Supreme Court to block security services from getting access to users' data, though it said it planned to appeal.

Launched in 2013, Telegram is now among the world's most popular mobile messaging apps.

Russian users will still be able to access Telegram's services by using VPNs, which allow people to bypass internet restrictions imposed by authorities.

Security officials say they need to monitor potential terrorists.

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