Dinze pointed out that Telegram's lawyers had tried to obtain the necessary documents so that the court hearing could be delayed and "we could resolve the issue". The FSB has said it needs access to some messages for security reasons, including countering terrorist activity.
Despite the large user base, the messenger service has faced a number of difficulties since it announced and launched the first phases of its ICO. The money raised from investors during the ICO was more than $1.7 billion making the FileCoin ICO record of $257 million pale in comparison.
Telegram's Pavel Duriv had this to say.
In response to Telegram's noncompliance, courts ordered a full and immediate block of the app.
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Allaying the fears of Telegram and its users, the FSB said obtaining the encryption keys does not violate users' privacy because the keys themselves are not regarded as information of restricted access.
Ranked as the world's ninth most popular mobile messaging app, Telegram is widely used in countries across the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. The FSB claimed that the suicide bomber in the attack had used Telegram, and said it needed access to some of Telegram's messages to prevent future attacks.
Telegram had missed a deadline of 4 April to hand over the keys. This prompted the court action.
Durov wrote on Telegram that "privacy is not for sale", adding that "at Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales".
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The company is registered in the Virgin Islands. The government in Russian Federation has been asking Telegram to create a backdoor so that it can monitor messages being shared on the platform. The reason for the increase in the number of users was partly contributed by the attention its recent ICO got across the world.
In a show of pure hypocrisy, members of the Kremlin use Telegram to talk with other politicians as well as communicate with journalists.
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Telegram's lawyer, Pavel Chikov, said the official attempt to stop the app being used in Russian Federation was "groundless".
"The ban on access to information will be in force until the FSB's demands are met on providing keys for decrypting user messages", she said.
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