Earlier today, the Russian government has issued an immediate ban on Telegram after the company ignored a court order to give the Federal Security Service access to the encryption keys of the application. According to the latest order, the ban will come into play immediately and will remain in place until Telegram hands over the encryption keys to the FSB.
In case you didn’t know, the encrypted messaging app made a name for itself by offering encrypted messaging service to its users and understandably is extremely popular among privacy advocates as well as criminals. The Russian security agency said that terrorists in the country have been using the messaging application as it asked the company the encryption keys in order to monitor individuals who might be responsible for national threats.
However, this is not the first time Telegram have come to news due to similar issues. Back in February, Apple banned the application from iOS store after reports revealed that users were using the application to share child pornography as well as pirated contents. Apart from that, the application is extremely popular among terrorist organizations for its high emphasis on user privacy. Since then, the company has been blocking ISIS channels from its service. As of now, the company is in the middle of ICO to raise funds as it has raised over $1.7 billion in sales for its blockchain network.