“Russia’s state telecommunications regulator wants Apple and Google to remove the Telegram messenger app service from their respective app stores,” Luke Dormehl reports for Cult of Mac.

“This follows a recent court decision in which a Russian judge ruled that Telegram, the world’s ninth most popular mobile messaging app, should be blocked in the country,” Dormehl reports. “This is due to the company’s refusal to give Russian state security services the encryption keys to access messages sent using the service.”

“Telegram was previously used by the Kremlin to communicate with reporters and arrange conference calls with President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman,” Dormehl reports. “The Kremlin has announced that it will be migrating to a new messaging service instead.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If they act as they do in China, Apple will ban Telegram from their App Store in Russia.

Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. — Potter Stewart

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. ― Benjamin Franklin

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. ― George Washington

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it. — John Perry Barlow

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