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Russians to switch to WhatsApp and Facebook due to Telegram blocking

Roskomnadzor started blocking Telegram throughout Russia
16:55, 16 April 2018

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As Telegram was blocked, Russians will use alternative messengers, including WhatsApp and Facebook controlled by the USA, as Pavel Durov, Telegram founder, wrote in VK.

According to Durov, as Telegram was blocked, the quality of lives of 15 million Russians will worsen and the level of the terrorist threat in the state will remain the same as the extremists use encrypted channels to connect.

“The level of Russia’s national security will decrease as the part of personal data of Russians will be transferred from the neutral Russian platform to WhatsApp/Facebook, controlled by the USA,” he wrote.

Durov stressed that the representatives of Telegram regard the blockage unconstitutional and continue struggling for correspondence privacy right in Russia.

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As reported, Russia’s service providers started blocking Telegram throughout the country.

On April 6, Roskomnadzor filed the lawsuit on the blocking of Telegram in Russia. Earlier, the ultimatum put forward by Roskomnadzor to Telegram ended. Roskomnadzor threatened with the trial if Telegram would not pass the encryption keys to the FSB.

On April 13, the court in Moscow ruled to satisfy the lawsuit of Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media or Roskomnadzor and block Telegram on the territory of Russia.

The law 'On personal data' came into force in Russia on September 1, 2015. it obliges Russian and foreign companies to provide the storage of the personal data of the Russians at the territory of Russia.

In the mid of November 2016, the LinkedIn network was put in the register of the law-breakers. In spring 2017, BlackBerry Messenger, Imo, Lime and Vchat were blocked.

Related: Roskomnadzor put Telegram in banned websites list

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