Russia lifts Telegram ban
On June 18, the decision to lift the two-year ban on Telegran in the country was publicly known.
On June 18, the decision to lift the two-year ban on Telegran in the country was publicly known. Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov said this event will usher in a worldwide movement that aims to protect privacy-centric applications, such as Telegram. On June 21, Durov wrote a Telegram post in which he explained that the company is planning to increase efforts to have Telegram accepted in countries like Iran and China. Durov revealed that the Telegran team is working very hard to develop tools that combat the censorship imposed by some countries: “We have decided to direct our anti-censorship resources to other places where governments continue to ban Telegram, such as Iran and China. We ask the administrators of the old proxy servers that Russian users focus their efforts on these countries.”
In April 2018, Roskomnadzor, the body that controls telecommunications in Russia, began to ban the use of Telegram in the country. However, the Telegram team managed to get around the bans imposed by the Russian government through the rotation of proxy servers and the use of various anti-censorship tools. The effort of the Telegram team paid off and allowed users in Russia to continue using the application, it even doubled the number of users since 2018. Durov said that thanks to the Digital Resistance, users in Russia were able to access Telegram He added: “The Digital Resistance movement does not end with last week's ceasefire in Russia. It's just starting, and it's going global.”
In 2015, China banned the use of Telegram on its territory as part of the country's "great firewall" policy. For its part, Iran banned Telegram in May 2018. However, just as it happened in Russia, tools were developed to allow access to the application: in China, Telegram continues to be accessible through VPN tools, and in Iran, developed unofficial Telegram applications, however data security is very low. Although China and Iran may be more challenging than Russia in imposing bans, Durov believes that a victory in their favor is inevitable.