Russia’s state telecommunications regulator announced on Monday that it has begun blocking access to the messaging service Telegram. Russia has decided to ban Telegram because the service refuses to hand over its encryption keys to Russian authorities so that they can view any and all messages on the platform.
Russia’s Federal Security Service originally asked Telegram for access to the messages in order to defend against terror attacks. When Telegram refused, Russia took the messaging service to court. Now, a Russian court has ruled that Telegram is "in violation of Russian regulations" and should be blocked.
Interfax News is reporting that it will take several hours for Telegram to be completely blocked in Russia.