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Russia lifts ineffective ban on Telegram messaging app

Published Thu Jun 18 2020 13:54:08 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Russia’s communications watchdog said Thursday it would lift a ban on the popular messaging app Telegram after two years of unsuccessful attempts to block it. In 2018, a court ordered the blocking of Telegram in Russia, siding with the authorities who demanded that the app be kept out of the country until it hands over the keys to its data encryption. Officials alleged that Telegram has been used by violent extremists. The company refused to hand over encryption keys, arguing that it would violate users’ rights to privacy. It became briefly unavailable when providers were ordered to block it, but was back online in a few hours and has remained widely used ever since.
by By DARIA LITVINOVA
Russia lifts ineffective ban on Telegram messaging app
Russia lifts ineffective ban on Telegram messaging app