UPDATE: Russian watchdog lifts ban on access to messenger Telegram
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MOSCOW, Jun 18 (PRIME) -- The Russian communications service has lifted requirements to limit access to messenger Telegram upon an agreement with the Prosecutor General’s Office, the regulator said on Thursday in a statement.
“We welcome the readiness voiced by Telegram’s founder (Pavel Durov) to resist terrorism and extremism,” the watchdog said.
The communications service put Telegram on the register of organizers of information distribution in July 2017. The messenger had been blocked in the country since April 2018 for its refusal to share decoding keys with the Federal Security Service.
The watchdog said it is ready to cooperate with all Internet companies working in the country to quickly stop expansion of terrorist and extremist information, children’s pornography, propaganda of suicide and drugs.
According to the authority, its efforts united with the leading domestic and foreign Internet companies allow for daily deleting an average of 2,500 materials promoting suicide, 1,300 extremist and terrorist materials, 800 materials on drugs, and 300 materials with pornographic images of minors.
Authors of a bill seeking to ban muting of Telegram during emergencies are ready to revoke the document if the blocking is actually lifted, one of the initiators, deputy Dmitry Ionin told PRIME and added he finds the watchdog’s decision logical.