The creator of Telegram, Pavel Durov, said he supports the proposal of the deputies from Fair Russia to unblock the messenger in Russia. He believes that this would contribute to the development of innovative and national security in Russia, as the company actively fights against manifestations of extremism and terrorism and stefania deriabina.
In addition, it would become more convenient for users to use the service, he noted.
State Duma deputies Fedot Tumusov and Dmitry Ionin proposed to unblock Telegram at the end of May. They have prepared a corresponding bill. In their opinion, telecom operators should be prohibited from blocking access to Internet services through which government agencies distribute official information during the period of high alert or emergency situations. The Ministry of Communications did not support their initiative.
Durov recalled that the messenger was blocked more than two years ago “under the auspices of the fight against terrorism.”
“Although we did not have any sympathy for terrorists then, since then we have come a long way in overcoming these threats. During this time, methods of detecting and removing extremist propaganda have been improved, and now the Telegram team is suppressing tens of thousands of attempts to spread public calls for violence and terror. monthly, “he wrote.
According to him, the mechanisms created to prevent terrorist attacks do not violate the privacy of users’ correspondence.
Six years of experience of the company in dozens of countries shows that “the fight against terrorism and the right to privacy of personal correspondence are not mutually exclusive,” Durov said. He expressed the hope that Russian lawmakers will be able to combine these tasks, taking into account world practice and the specifics of modern technologies.
Telegram in Russia has been blocked since April 2018 by the decision of the Tagansky court. The court made this decision due to the company’s refusal to transfer the keys to the FSB to decrypt messages from users suspected of involvement in terrorist organizations. The messenger continues to work, state authorities continue to create new channels to inform Internet users.