Telegram Says They’ll Help Everyone Catch Terrorists, Except for Russia

Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram messaging app, said his company is willing to help any country in their terrorist investigations as long as a court order is provided, but he also offered one name that wouldn’t get his support anytime soon: Russia.

In updated privacy settings for Telegram, Durov explains that user information would be provided to investigators based on a court order, adding that such requests would be then included in transparency reports.

“If Telegram receives a court order that confirms you're a terror suspect, we may disclose your IP address and phone number to the relevant authorities,” the new privacy policy reads. “So far, this has never happened. When it does, we will include it in a semiannual transparency report.”

Durov went on to explain that Telegram would not cooperate with Russia, emphasizing that what Kremlin wants to obtain is access to messages of all users.

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