Russian Federation targets Facebook after crackdown on Telegram

Telegram Retains Users After Russia's Ban Amid Internet Chaos

Blocking the IP addresses has prevented Russian internet users from accessing Telegram and other services that route content through Google and Amazon servers.

Internet experts in Russia saw a greater menace in the effort beyond Telegram, speculating that if the government succeeded in silencing the app with some 13 million Russian users, it might pursue bigger fish next.

The country's state communications regulator has said it has blocked 18 sub-networks and a "significant" number of IP addresses owned by Amazon and Google because they were being used by secure messaging app Telegram, which Russian Federation banned this week, reports CNBC.

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Russia's communications watchdog said Monday it has begun enforcing a nationwide ban for the popular messaging app Telegram. Roskomnadzor threatened with the trial if Telegram would not pass the encryption keys to the FSB.

Mr Durov said he was giving out bitcoin funding to people running virtual private networks (VPN), which can be used to circumvent the ban, and was prepared to "donate millions of dollars".

Zharov's remarks about Facebook were published amid controversy over the regulation's attempt to block the popular messaging app Telegram, which has met with mixed results.

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Any moves by Google or Amazon to halt Telegram's access to their platforms or to remove its app from their stores would mean "they are witting collaborators in a censorship campaign, not victims of it", Snowden said. Unfortunately twitch is also BLOCKED NOW for most Russians including me! The most widely cited tool appears to be the use of so-called VPN anonymizers, which disguise an internet user's location and allow residents of Russian Federation to access the internet as though they were overseas. The watchdog has faced trouble in blocking Telegram, since it is using Amazon and Google's cloud servers.

The online games Guild Wars and World of Warships both said their users were having trouble logging on as a result of Roskomnadzor's blocking of IP addresses.

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