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Telegram vows to bypass block using built-in methods

April 13, 15:17 UTC+3

Telegram's founder Pavel Durov says privacy is not for sale

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MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/.The Telegram messenger will use built-in methods to bypass blocking, founder of the messenger Pavel Durov said after the court had issued the decision to block the service in Russia.

"Telegram will use built-in methods to bypass blocking, which do not require action from users, although 100% accessibility of the service without VPN is not guaranteed," Durov wrote on his page in VKontakte social network.

Privacy is not for sale, Durov said. 

"Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed," Durov wrote on Telegram.

"At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales," he added.

Earlier on Friday, Moscow’s Tagansky District Court ruled to block access to Telegram in Russia over its failure to provide decryption keys for messages to the Federal Security Service. The court’s judge said the decision must be implemented immediately and the access ban would remain in force until the FSB’s demands were met.

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