Russian Federation orders immediate block of Telegram messaging app

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On Friday, a Moscow court ruled in favor of the Russian state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor in its bid to block the messaging app.

Zharov added that the watchdog plans to request Google Play and Apple's AppStore to remove Telegram from their platforms.

"The FSB's requirements to provide access to private conversations of users are unconstitutional, baseless, which can not be fulfilled technically and legally", he said. Russia's telecom and media watchdog, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, has received the ruling by Moscow's Tagansky District Court on restricting access to Telegram's products in Russian Federation. "This may take days, hours, or minutes".

Monsanto (MON) Position Lowered by HM Payson & Co
The basic materials company reported $3.22 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $3.31 by ($0.09). It also reduced its holding in Cl A by 325 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 6,285 shares, and cut its stake in Cl A.

According to the New York Times, there was no immediate comment from the founder of Telegram Pavel Durov, who also came up with the Russian social network Vkontakte and had fled the country in 2014, after he lost control of Vkontakte. Telegram said this demand was impossible to comply with technically, since the keys are stored on user devices. The messaging service offers end-to-end encryption, meaning that Telegram itself has no access to the content of messages.

The service, set up by a Russian entrepreneur, has more than 200 million global users and is ranked as the world's ninth most popular mobile messaging app. Durov has resisted, claiming that Russia's Federal Security Service wants to expand its influence over the country's citizens.

"Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed", Durov, who left Russian Federation in 2014, said on Telegram after the ruling.

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