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Russian Federation blocks some Google, Amazon servers after Telegram ban

Russian Federation blocks some Google, Amazon servers after Telegram ban

Russian Federation has threatened to block Facebook as the authorities attempt to extend their control of the Internet and shut down the encrypted messaging service Telegram.

Russia's communications watchdog says it is blocking access to some servers owned by tech giants Google and Amazon in order to comply with a court order to block a popular messaging app.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the number of blocked IP addresses has risen to more than 4 million, according to Fil Kulin, an IT researcher who is being widely quoted by independent Russian media. "In case none of the conditions or any part of them are fulfilled, or Russian Federation finds out Facebook has no intention to conduct such actions, then, obviously, the question of blocking will be raised", he said.

The messenger tool is facing a formal ban from Russia's state watchdogs for refusing to allow authorities access to users' private conversations, despite numerous requests.

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The regulator is also demanding that Apple's App Store and Google Play remove the Telegram app from their online stores in Russia, Zharov said. The website being blocked appears to be part of an effort by the Russian government to block certain IPs that are owned by Amazon and Google.

The country's state communications regulator has said it has blocked 18 sub-networks and a "significant" number of IP addresses owned by Amazon and Google because they were being used by secure messaging app Telegram, which Russian Federation banned this week, reports CNBC. Zharov has denied this information, saying that 99.9 percent of innocent sites remain untouched by the regulator.

Telegram's CEO, Pavel Durov, called the initiative "political censorship".

He said that problems with websites hosted by Amazon happened because their owners didn't pay the $5 fee for a unique pool of IP addresses, and were using public IP addresses instead of a cheap paid version.