Russia’s communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said that it has filed a lawsuit against popular encrypted messaging app Telegram for refusing to give the FSB access to its users’ private messages.
The Russian security service said that it needed access to the secret messages to aid its work, particularly against terrorism, and said that Telegram had to comply with its obligation as an organizer of information distribution. However, founder and CEO Pavel Durov had already said on Twitter that “Threats to block Telegram unless it gives up private data of its users will not bear fruit. Telegram will stand for freedom and privacy.”
The decision is expected by investors to make an impact on Telegram’s initial coin offering, said to be the biggest in the world.