Russia has demanded that Internet Service Providers prohibit the Telegram encrypted messaging service as of Friday, April 13.
The Tagansky District Court in Moscow has blocked access to the popular Telegram private messaging application. While the country’s authorities are preparing to enact the ban, the founder and CEO of the company, Pavel Durov, took the opportunity to share his opinion with the public through its own channel in the application:
“At Telegram, we have the luxury of not worrying about revenue sources or ad sales, privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised by fear or greed.”
Durov had prevented Telegram’s lawyers from attending the hearing, because in his words it was a “farce”.
This follows a lawsuit brought before the Tagansky District Court in Moscow by Roskomnadzor, alleging that Pavel Durov’s company did not provide the FSB with the keys to decipher the data that would allow the special services to have access to the correspondence of the users.
Durov was forced to leave his own social network VKontakte when the Russian government took energetic measures against the company. After fleeing to the United States, where he announced his work on Telegram, the founder and CEO of the popular private messaging application has presented the largest ICO to date, with the goal of raising $ 2 billion. The presentations with the SEC show that the company has already raised $ 1.7 billion from private investors.
“The power that local governments have over IT companies is based on money: at a given moment, a government can block its actions by threatening to block the revenue sources of its markets and forcing these companies to do strange things. (remember how last year Apple moved the iCloud servers to China)”, Durov said.