The head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov said that the Telegram messenger can be blocked in Russia if the administration does not provide the necessary information about the company. These data, according to the Russian legislation, are needed for «entering the company in the register of organizers of information distribution».
In a statement Zharov says that the Roskomnadzor almost every day, in Telegram of letter of explanation requirements of the law. However, the administration application to these appeals is not responding.
The head of Roskomnadzor said that the inclusion in the register of organisers of dissemination of information means «only the willingness of the company to work according to Russian laws». The legal status of Telegram in the country will not change.
«The time allotted to Roskomnadzor by law for making the decision expires. Therefore, I publicly appeal to the command Telegram and personally Pavel Valeryevich Durov: comply with Russian legislation», — said Zharov.
Earlier Roskomnadzor has blocked the messengers BlackBerry Messenger, Imo, Line, as well as audiovisual chat Vchat, because the company did not provide the required information. For the same reason, was blocked by China’s WeChat messenger, however, after providing the required data lock is removed.
Telegram is a free cross-platform instant messenger for smartphones and other devices to exchange text messages and media files in various formats. The number of active users of the service in February 2016 has made more than 100 million people.
The project is created by Pavel Durov, founder of social network «Vkontakte». 8 Oct 2013 Telegram pozvoljaet to exchange messages in the «secret chat»: in contrast to normal operation, messages in secret chats are not decrypted by the server, the conversation history is saved only on those two devices, which were created by the chat.
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