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Saudi Arabia partially blocks access to Telegram Messenger — Telegram founder

January 10, 19:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Durov noted he did not know why Telegram had been blocked
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MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. Access to Telegram Messenger has been partially blocked in Saudi Arabia since Saturday evening, Pavel Durov, the CEO and founder of Telegram, said on his Twitter account on Sunday.

"I confirm that Telegram traffic has been partially blocked in Saudi Arabia since yesterday’s evening," he wrote after one of the users had reported problems in the messenger operation.

Durov noted he did not know why Telegram had been blocked.

Iran blocked access to Telegram in October 2015 after Telegram ignored a request from Iran’s ministry of information and communications technologies to provide instruments for censorship of messages.

In the meantime, there have been requests to block the messenger in Russia as well. Thus, according to media reports, first deputy chairman of the constitutional committee at the Russian State Duma lower parliament house Alexander Ageyev asked director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov to look at a possibility to restrict access to Telegram for Russian users in case there was proof that this app was being used by the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Russian Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov said however there was no need in blocking Telegram as this measure was inefficient in the context of anti-terror efforts.

Telegram was launched by VKontakte founder Pavel Durov in 2013 and is now used by about 62 million clients across the globe.

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