Russia bans Telegram after messaging app ignores court order

Telegram banned from Russia

The Russian government has ordered an immediate ban on Telegram, the encrypted messaging app, after the company ignored a court order to give the Federal Security Service access to encryption keys. The ban will come into force immediately, the Tass Russian news agency reports, and will remain in place until Telegram gives the FSB access to encryption keys.

Telegram has made its name offering encrypted messaging services to smartphone users, and it's become notorious among cryptocurrency speculators, privacy advocates, and reportedly criminals. The FSB says that the suicide bomber who attacked the St Petersburg Metro in 2017 was using Telegram, which sparked the most recent round of legal action against Telegram.

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