Just a few days ago, Russian and other media reported that Telegram CEO Pavel Durov is ready to close his business in Russia or Iran. However, Durov denied in his VKontakte(VK) account that it is an incorrect information.
In the VK post, he said that Telegram will to continue to provide a secure messaging service in problem markets like Russia and Iran, despite the pressure of regulators and the threat of blocking. But, the media came up with different headlines saying “Durov announced his readiness to close Telegram”, “Durov threatened to close Telegram in Russia”. However, Durov said that some Russian media like Meduza, Vedomosti, DP.ru has provided correct information.
“Russian media often quote inaccurate translations of what I publish on Twitter and my channel.” Durov said in VK.
Recently, Iran opened a criminal case against Telegram CEO stating that the Telegram is being used by pedophile for distributing child pornography.
“I am surprised to hear that. We are actively blocking terrorist and pornographic content in Iran. I think the real reasons are different.” Durov responded to the accusation in his twitter account.
Recall that just a few weeks ago, the Russian Federation threatened to block Telegram and reported that this encrypted messenger was actively used by Islamic radicals during the preparation of the bombings in Saint-Petersburg subway. The head of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media said: “Telegram will be blocked, if it will work not in accordance with the current Russian legislation”.
Durov hopes that the legal situation in the Russian Federation and Iran will change in future.