The Creator of Telegram, Pavel Durov commented on the proposal of deputies of the state Duma to prohibit the access of Russia to the application Telegram. According to officials, using mobile messenger, the terrorists enlist the Russians in the ranks of ISIS.
“I propose to ban words. There is information that they communicate with the terrorists” — wrote Durov on his page in the social network Vkontakte. At the time of writing his recording repostyle about a thousand users.
On Monday the first Deputy head of the constitutional Committee of the state Duma Alexander Ageev (CP) asked the head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov to consider the possibility of limiting the access of Russians to the Telegram messenger, if it is confirmed that terrorists from “the Islamic state” use this application.
“According to reports, repeatedly appeared in the Russian media, the messenger Telegram is actively used for propaganda purposes by terrorists from the “Islamic state”, — the statement says. Ageev added that the photo, text and video extremist content is also distributed via Telegram. “It can be assumed that there occurs the process of recruitment of Russian citizens in the ranks of the IG,” he said.
The Deputy indicates that, according to several news agencies, terrorists had used the Telegram to coordinate their actions during the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November, “because, according to experts, all sent by the messenger, the information is automatically protected and the messages pass through several levels of encryption”.
The Deputy asked for “a comprehensive check of this information, in case it is necessary to consider the possibility of limiting the access of users who are on the territory of the Russian Federation, Telegram messenger”. He said that in Russia there are many social networks, instant messengers and online services that comply with Russian legislation in the sphere of combating extremism. “I don’t think this measure (the restriction of access to Telegram in Russia) will hit the freedom of speech or violate other rights and freedoms of citizens”, — he said.
Telegram against the ban in Russia has already made the Minister of the Russian Federation Nikolay Nikiforov and the Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev.