The Russian government has blocked entire chunks of the internet because Telegram won’t hand over the encryption keys that would enable the government to access private messages of it’s users.

Telegram has been using AWS IPs to route traffic around the Russian blocks, but on Friday Russian ISPs started blocking millions of AWS IPs, causing major outages of banking, online retailers, and government systems.

The Russian telecommunications regulator has asked Apple and Google to pull Telegram from their app stores, and the popular sideloading site APKMirror to stop serving the app.

To the people of Russia, the government suggests using TamTam (a very bad Telegram clone, that the government has the encryption keys to) instead of Telegram.


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