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> Russia has begun blocking access to messenger service, Telegram. Telecoms operators have been told to bar access to it inside the country. On Friday, a Russian court ruled that Telegram was in violation of national regulations. After the company refused to give Russian security services access to user's encrypted messages, citing privacy concerns.
The FSB says it needed that access to help guard against terrorist attacks. Telegram's Russian owner Pavel Durov left the country in 2014, and has since become a vocal critic of the Kremlin. But the fate of Telegram, used by 200 million people around the world, has implications far beyond Russia's borders.
It's popular in the Middle East. And after a spate of recent attacks in Europe, has been accused by some governments of helping facilitate terrorism. Western and Russian spy agencies are in rare agreement that encrypted messaging poses a danger.