Written by Nathasha De Alwis
17 Apr, 2018 | 1:54 pm
Russia has begun to block access to Telegram messenger yesterday (April 16) after the company refused to comply with an order to give Russian state security to access to its users’ secret messages.
The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media also known as Roskomnadzor, said in a statement on its website that it had sent teleco operators a notification about blocking access to Telegram inside Russia.
The service, set up by a Russian entrepreneur, has more than 200 million global users and is ranked as the world’s ninth most popular mobile messaging app.
According to the Roskomnadzor official, it would take several hours to complete the operation to block access.
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