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Russia Bans Telegram, a Popular Encrypted Messaging App

A Russian court has banned Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app, because of the company’s refusal to give its encryption keys to the state. The move has disrupted millions of users’ communications channels.
The Federal Security Service (FSB) has been after Telegram’s user data, labeling the organization a first-choice platform for “international terrorists organizations in Russia” after a suicide bomber reportedly used it to communicate with accomplices.
When the FBS demanded that Telegram decrypt its user data, Telegram attempted to fight the action in court. Last month, it lost the bid to appeal, was slapped with a $14,000 fine, and had a 15-day window to comply with the order. After Telegram continued to defy the court, the government prohibited it entirely.
“The power that local governments have over IT corporations is based on money,” said Telegram founder Pavel Durov in a statement. “At any given moment, a government can crash their stocks by

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