Russia asks Apple to pull a telegram for iPhone from the App Store

The Russian telecommunicatis regulator, Roskomnadzor, sent orders to Apple and Google Tuesday, asking them to stop local downloads of the popular Telegram secure messaging applicati.

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Roskomnadzor had already started blocking access to Telegram Mday after a court decisi Friday, according to Reuters .While Telegram is a n-profit service developed by a predominantly Russian team – whose leaders Pavel and Nikolai Durov – the agency of 39 Russian spying, the FSB, ordered the company to hand over encrypti keys last year, as required by Russian law

.Parel Durov refused to do so, stating that "privacy is not for sale" and that "human rights should not be compromised by fear or greed." He noted that Telegram "has the luxury of not worry about revenue sources or advertising sales ", although it also aims to extend the service into a blockchain ecomic system for its ut ilisateurs, and has recently launched an initial offer to raise the necessary mey.

Some Russians can still access Telegram through virtual private networks, but the government has the power to close them if they support access to forbidden services.

Although the ban is first and foremost the ctrol of information and most importantly, it seems to benefit services owned by Mail.ru, e of the companies ctrolled by Alisher Usmanov , an ally of the Russian leader Vladimir Putin. ICQ and TamTam have grown in popularity, and in fact, Herman Klimenko, Putin's Internet advisor, recommended that Telegram users switch to ICQ before the recent bans are enforced. ICQ was purchased by Mail.ru in 2010.

To date, Telegram still seems to be the Russian App Store, although this may be short-lived.

Apple is known to respd to censorship requests as lg as they follow the laws of a country, for example by pulling VPN applicatis from the Chinese App Store. More recently, he transferred ctrol of Chinese iCloud data to a local company, putting it inside …

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