Telegram CEO Says Global Resistance to Tech Bans Is ‘Just Getting Started’

Telegram’s progress in Russia to help other countries

In a June 21 Telegram post, Durov said that the company will not rest on its laurels, and is planning more efforts to support Telegram in other countries like China and Iran. According to Durov, the Telegram team has already started working on anti-censorship tools in some countries that have banned the application:

“To put it simply, the ban didn’t work”

Russia’s telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor started blocking Telegram in the country in April 2018. However, the app remained accessible for users in Russia due to the Telegram team actively resisting the ban through rotating proxy servers and using other anti-censorship tools.

China banned Telegram back in 2015

Durov’s digital resistance plans in countries like China and Iran might be more challenging than those in Russia. China, one of the world’s most-censored countries, banned Telegram on its territory back in 2015 as part of the country’s “great firewall” policy. The Telegram app is still reportedly accessible in China via VPN tools.

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