JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia Struggles for Technology to Block Telegram Messenger” – Reuters

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“Russia is experimenting with more precise technology to block individual online services after an attempt to shut down banned messaging service Telegram failed … Moscow has yet to find a way to shut it down without hitting other traffic. Telegram … has 200 million global users and has been popular in … Russia and Iran[;] [it] has been banned in Russia because it refused … to give security services access to users’ encrypted messages. … authorities started trying to block the service in April but they inadvertently blocked Russian users’ access to a slew of unrelated online services, including voice calls on the Viber messaging service, cloud-based applications for Volvo cars and apps that control Xiaomi video cameras. …”

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