Russian Federation asks Apple and Google to yank Telegram from app stores

Russian Federation asks Apple and Google to yank Telegram from app stores

Among those impacted was Viber, another popular messaging app, that said on April 16 that some users in Russian Federation were experiencing problems using the app to make calls.

The ban followed a long-running battle between authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation for securely encrypted communications, as Moscow pushes to increase surveillance of internet activities.

Telegram isn't the first secure chat application targeted by the Russian government. "Other methods of struggle with the technology they have", commented the attempts of Roskomnadzor in the network.

Video: Telegram encrypted messaging app banned in Russian Federation.

Pavel Durov, the founder of the popular Telegram messaging service, has pledged millions of dollars to fund tools that would allow users to sidestep new Internet restrictions imposed by the Russian government.

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Backed by Russia's federal security service (FSB) and a court decision, Roskomnadzor has pushed forward, banning subnets, totalling millions of IP addresses, used by Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, two hosting sites that Telegram switched to over the weekend to help circumvent the ban. The number of blocked Amazon IP addresses was put at about 1 million by the same activists.

A court ordered the service blocked in Russian Federation after it refused to hand over its encryption keys to state security agencies like the FSB.

The agency, Roskomnadzor, confirmed on Monday that it had started rolling out a nationwide ban on the messaging app following an order from a Russian court made last week. He also termed the court's ban as anti-constitutional and added that the ban in no way going to improve the security of Russia rather than interfering the business of Telegram and ultimately the freedom of communication among Russian citizens.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov said in response to the ruling that the company would endeavor to bypass the ban, using in-app methods to evade the block, which could go into effect at any time.

The head of Russia's online retail association, Alexander Ivanov, told the Vedomosti newspaper that it had received complaints from nine online shops about the blocking. President Emmanuel Macron famously used Telegram to organise his campaign for the 2017 presidential election past year and has reportedly been using it ever since.