People pose with smartphones, with the Telegram logo seen on a screen, in this picture illustration taken April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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dispute leads Russia to ban Telegram appA Russian court Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of users in the latest clash between global technology firms and Russian authorities. The decision came a week after state communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor, filed a lawsuit to limit access to Telegram following the company's repeated refusal to give Russian state security services access to its users' secret messages.As part of its services, Telegram allows its more than 200 million global users to communicate via encrypted messages which cannot be read by third parties, including government authorities.
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