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FSB head: Telegram not ready to assist Russian security services in tackling terrorist threat

The Telegram messaging app acknowledges that thousands of its users are involved in terrorist activities, but still refuses to assist security services, Aleksandr Bortnikov, FSB head, said, calling the situation “paradoxical.” The owners of Telegram have “difficulties” understanding the need to facilitate the work of Russian government agencies, fighting against terrorism, Bortnikov said. He reminded that the company refused to provide the Federal Security Service (FSB) with access to its encryption keys, saying that it would violate the rights of its clients and promising to delete illegal communications itself. Telegram acknowledges that around 5,000 of its Russian users have acted in a way that revealed their affiliation to terrorist groups, Bortnikov said.

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