After more than 2 years of banning the service, on Thursday Russia lifted the ban on the popular messaging app Telegram according to Reuters.
The app was initially banned due to its encrypted nature, making it hard for government entities to track the possible acts of terrorism and extremism. Russian media is blasting the decision citing concerns, however, the ban was lifted due to the app agreeing to cooperate with the government.
The apps-co funder, Pavel Durov has been fighting the ban from the start. Russian communication watchdog Roskomnadzor demanded that the app hand over certain information to the government. Despite its ban in 2018, the app is still widely used by Russian citizens by circumventing censorship measures.