Russia's hugely popular Telegram messaging app will be blocked until the company hands over encryption keys to the secret police. Millions and millions of users are affected.
In a hearing that took a mere 20 minutes, a Russian court ordered that access to the messaging app Telegram be blocked. Millions of Russian users need not panic yet, as the company has promised a way around the ban.
No social network has been banned "by this government," said the Iranian president. The Iranian judiciary blocked access to the encrypted messaging app, citing its alleged use in criminal activity.
Iran has ordered internet companies to block the encrypted messaging app Telegram, which has an estimated 40 million users in the country. Officials had previously pledged to block the app for national security reasons.
If Telegram doesn't hand over its encryption keys to Russia's domestic intelligence agency, it may have to say bye-bye to its many Russian users. The secretive Russian-founded company prides itself on user privacy.
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