Russian authorities are up in arms demanding the ISPs ban of social media platform Telegram. This was just after a few weeks when the project raised a whopping 1.7 billion dollars in its ICO presale in a bid to support the development of its own Blockchain platform. The recent decision b the Tagansky District Court in Moscow meant that Roskomnadzor which is the internet monitoring organization in Russia will now force ISPs to block the access of Telegram very soon.
According to the director of Roskomnadzor director Aleksander Glazov: “The ban is coming very soon, in fact, we are talking about days or maybe hours.” Telegram CEO was furious after the brief court session. He posted very fighting words on his personal channel and to other social media platforms stating that freedom was not for sale.
According to the CEO:
“At Telegram, we don’t care about revenue streams or even ads. What matters most is privacy which is not for sale and more to that human rights should not be compromised out of greed or fear.”
Davel Durov the posted a photo on Instagram while riding on a horse through a desert. The description of the photo was:
“To be entirely free you should be ready to risk everything for freedom.”
Durov went ahead to prevent Telegram’s own lawyers from going for the court hearings.
Telegram had announced a record 200 million active users since February 2018. This ban will affect many Russian users. Telegram’s most users are from Russia which hosts more than half of the total telegram users.
Despite the fact that Telegram has a massive user base it has been facing many difficulties since the launch of its first ICO. The ICO pre-sales were in two phases and collected a total of 1.7 billion dollars. There has however been a public outcry that there might have been some organized scam operators who had successfully conned several users the digital funds even before the Telegram’s ICO went live.
Reports have been published in Russian on possible option users can use to circumvent the block something which looks easy to do with VPN services. However, there are some apps which are difficult to use than others. This will however not be the first time a Durov’s platform is been blocked, and users continue to use it. In May 2017 the government of Ukraine blocked Durov’s popular network VKontakte, but users continued to use the platform through a mobile app.