Russia’s decision to lift the two-year ban on telegrams will usher in a broader movement to protect privacy-oriented apps like telegram, says the company’s CEO.
Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Telegram, made a statement in response to the Russian authorities who officially ended the ban on the messaging app in the country last week.
Telegram’s progress in Russia will help other countries
In a telegram contribution from June 21 Durov said the company will not rest on its laurels and plans further efforts to support Telegram in other countries such as China and Iran.. According to Durov, the team is from Telegram has already started working on anti-censorship tools in some countries that have banned the app:
“We have decided to move our anti-censorship resources to other places where governments continue to ban telegrams, such as Iran and China. We ask the administrators of the old proxy servers that Russian users focus on these countries.”
“Simply put, the ban didn’t work.”
The Russian telecommunications guardian, Roskomnadzor started blocking telegrams in the country in April 2018. However, The app continued to be accessible to users in Russia as the telegram team actively opposed the rotating proxy server ban and the use of other anti-censorship tools.
“In short, the ban didn’t work,” said Telegram’s CEO Russia’s telegram user base has doubled since 2018.
Telegram’s efforts to keep the app in Russia intact have led to the creation of a decentralized movement called “Digital Resistance”.. Thanks to digital resistance, the telegram remained largely accessible in Russia after May 2018, Durov said, adding:
“The digital resistance movement doesn’t end with the ceasefire in Russia last week. It is just beginning and is going global. “
China banned the telegram in 2015
Durov’s plans for digital resistance in countries like China and Iran may be more difficult than Russia. China, one of the most censored countries in the world, banned its territory in 2015 as part of the country’s “Great Firewall” policy. It is reported that the application In China telegrams are still accessed via VPN tools.
Iran, also heavily censored, banned the messaging app in May 2018 due to street protests across the country. According to reports, Telegram had an estimated 40 million users in the country at the time, which is about half of its population.
Since official telegrams are banned in Iran, local users have created so-called “telegram forks” or unofficial telegram applications. Since they are often prone to major attacks, it is not recommended that the official telegram team use these “forks”.
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