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Russia begins blocking messaging app Telegram

AP  |  Moscow 

Russia's has begun enforcing a nationwide ban for the popular messaging app

The said today that Russian providers have been instructed to begin blocking after a court last week sided with authorities that had demanded that the app be blocked in until it hands over the keys to its

Telegram, which was developed by Russian Pavel Durov, argues that Russia's FSB intelligence service is violating consumer rights, while authorities say the app has been used by violent extremists.

was briefly unavailable to users early Monday afternoon but was back online later in the day. Durov said last week the latest version would have "built-in" features that would be able to circumvent the ban.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:55 IST