The Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov has agreed to register the company in Russia, after getting pressure from the local authorities.
Few days ago, the Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor has demanded Telegram to provide information about the messaging app and company details. The authorities also said this encrypted messaging app is being used by terrorists to plan attacks.
The authorities asked to give access to decrypt messages in order to catch terrorists. Authorities threatened to ban the Telegram, if the company fails to do so.
At first, Durov didn’t agree with the demands. Now, he is agreed to register the company with the Russian government.
“If the Telegram is banned in Russia, it will not happen because we refused to provide details about our company” Durov said in the social network VK.
Roman Jelud, a Professor from dataVoronezh State University, shared his opinion to Regnum that news about “Telegram ban” itself is a PR stunt. This will only help the Telegram to gain more number of users. Few days back itself, Roman said that Durov is using this for his PR and eventually Durov is going to agree to provide the required five points of information.
Though Durov says that they are only registering the company in Russia and will not share the users’ secret data with the government, it will be hard to know whether it is true or not.
Russia is not only the government that is interested in the Telegram messenger. Last week, Durov stated that US Federal officers want to add a backdoor to the app.