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Russia threatens to block Telegram app over terror links

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By Tokunbo Salako  with TASS; REUTERS
Russia threatens to block Telegram app over terror links

<p>Russia has launched another attack on the Telegram messaging app after accusing it on Friday of <a href="http://tass.com/economy/952981">breaking the law by not handing over encrypted information.</a></p> <p>Now the <span class="caps">FSB</span>, the country’s security service, says terrorists use the chat service to plot atrocities on Russian soil. It describes the service as the “most widely used app of its kind.”</p> <p>The <span class="caps">FSB</span> claims a suicide bomber who blew himself up at St Petersburg metro station in April had used Telegram to plan the attack in which 15 people died. </p> <p>The app’s founder, Pavel Durov, says Russian regulators have asked for the keys to decrypt user messages but he insists the demand violates the constitutional right to keep correspondence secret.</p> <p>“If you want to defeat terrorism by blocking stuff, then you have to block the internet as well,” wrote Durov in a message on social media.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">‘Pavel Durov is an anarchist’. How network television is preparing Russians for the banning… <a href="https://t.co/5dWWK0J3jb">https://t.co/5dWWK0J3jb</a> <a href="https://t.co/G92FVQL52O">pic.twitter.com/G92FVQL52O</a></p>— Paulo Félix (@osint) <a href="https://twitter.com/osint/status/879346335505408000">June 26, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>