Russia Blocks Telegram Messaging Service
Russia has begun enforcing a nationwide ban on the popular messaging service Telegram.
A Russian government agency said on Monday that it had sent a notice to telecommunications providers to block Telegram. The order came from the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media.
Last Friday, a Russian court ruled against the messaging service. The court said Telegram should be blocked until it obeys a government order to provide users' encrypted messages to the Federal Security Service (FSB).
上周五, 俄罗斯法院对短信服务进行了裁决。法院表示, Telegram应该被封锁到直到它服从政府命令并向联邦安全局 (FSB) 提供用户的加密信息为止。
Russian officials have said they need to read the messages to investigate the use of Telegram by violent extremist groups.
Telegram has repeatedly refused to surrender access to messages, arguing this would violate its users' privacy.
The service is the creation of Russian businessman Pavel Durov, who criticized the ban Monday in a statement on social media.
We consider the decision to block the app to be unconstitutional and we will continue, he said.
Durov added that the ban will only hurt the quality of life for 15 million Russian users, and not do anything to improve security. "The terrorist threat in Russia will stay at the same level, because extremists will continue to use encrypted communication channels - in other messengers, or through a VPN," he said.
Durov said last week that Telegram had "built-in" features so people could continue using the service during the government's ban.
In addition to being popular with the Russian public, Telegram has also become the messaging app of choice for many government officials.
For example, it has been used in the past to set up conference calls between officials and reporters. But on Monday, the Russia spokesman's office said it will now start using a different app.
例如, 它过去曾用于在官员和记者间的沟通。但在星期一, 俄罗斯发言人办公室表示, 现在开始将使用其它的应用程序。
I'm Bryan Lynn.