The head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov, said on Friday, June 23, that the Telegram messenger can be blocked in Russia if the administration does not provide the necessary information about the company, accused the Creator of the messenger of Pavel Durov in «neutral with respect to terrorism.»
«Unfortunately, we have not heard a substantive response to the issues raised in my letter to the Telegram team and Pavel Durov. The company mentioned in the message Mr Durov services independently makes a decision regarding the execution of the Russian legislation and dialogue with the authorities of the Russian Federation. Speaking on the substance of the reply of Paul V., I have to say that he, unfortunately, is neutral with respect to terrorists and criminals who take advantage of his messenger, and totally ignores the safety of ordinary users Telegram,» reads the new statement Zharov, published on the website of Roskomnadzor on his page «Vkontakte».
In response, Pavel Durov, ibid., «Vkontakte», said that since the start of this month, the Telegram was blocked more than 5 thousand public channels and groups associated with the advocacy of terrorism. According to Durov, Telegram handles requests to remove terrorist material from around the world – and no country in the Telegram has not been blocked for non-existent «neutrality» in this issue.
According to «Fontanka», the team of Pavel Durov is preparing for the upcoming confrontation with the Roskomnadzor. In particular, according to «Fontanka», the Telegram had transferred all of its employees from St. Petersburg to Finland, they settled near the border. The Finnish government has given the programmers a work permit.
The developers of Telegram are also making attempts to protect the messenger from the possible blocking. To do this in one of the next updates Telegram for Android will add support for proxy protocols SOCKS version 5. This is stated in the community Info Telegram in «Vkontakte».
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