Russian court bans Telegram messaging app

A close-up view of the Telegram messaging app is seen on a smart phone
The Telegram messaging app. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images

A Russian court has issued a ban on the encrypted messaging app, Telegram, per the request of Roskomnadzor, the country's communications watchdog, though it can still appeal the decision, according to the Financial Times.

What it means: The court-issued ban means that Roskomnadzor can order internet service providers to block access to Telegram for Russian customers, though it will still be accessible via a virtual private network, or VPN, as the FT notes.