Telegram risks being blocked in Russia after protesting requirements to hand over its encryption keys to give the FSB security service access to peoples information. Here are 4 points to know about the company, which says it has two hundred million active people: Whizz-kid billionaire Known as Russia’s Zuckerberg after the Pavel Durov has inert a fortune of 1.7 billion dollars at 33.
He founded social media site VKontakte in 2006 and Telegram. He founded this with his brother Nikolai in 2013. Unlike his sibling, Pavel doesn’t shy away from the limelight. He once threw banknotes from his building window in Saint Petersburg, shows off his sculpted chest on Instagram, and has quarreled with fortune and the authorities. Durov left Russia in 2014 after protesting to hand Russian authorities private information of pro-European Ukrainian activists. He later stable in Dubai.
Strictly private Telegram boasts that it keeps peoples private information secret and champions internet freedoms. Pavel Durov wrote about this on Telegram’s blog last month. He wrote, “Unlike other favorite apps, Telegram doesn’t have shareholders or advertisers to report to.” “We haven’t published a single byte of our people’s personal data to third parties,” he added. Durov offered whistleblower Edward Snowden a job after his revelations of mass surveillance.
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The threat of terrorism the service has been charged with aiding terror plotters by denying to share peoples data. Iran already restricted this app. After the Paris attacks, Telegram shut accounts connected to the Islamic State group and has ban 6,000 others. He has said this app draws a clear line, with no limitations on “criticising local authorities, challenging the status quo and engaging in political debate.” On the other hand, “promoting violence and calling for actions that can injure innocent people are not OK,” he wrote last year.
Luring investors are closely following Telegram’s move into cryptocurrency. Specialists say the messenger wants to build its own virtual currency. The messaging service has raised 1.7 billion dollars this year alone, a record figure for the area, to develop the blockchain technology. But the service’s heady growth has also had glitches. Last month the system went down for a few hours in Europe and the Middle East. Pavel Durov said, “Telegram is no exception, although we strive to be one.”