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Telegram's free instant messaging app has attracted about 100 million users since its launch in 2013

Russia Bans Telegram After Company Refuses to Surrender Encryption Keys

After a hearing on Friday that lasted only 18 minutes, a court in Moscow gave Russia’s Roskomnadzor agency the authority to ban the popular secure messaging platform Telegram. The company had refused to surrender its encryption keys to Russia’s FSB security service, as demanded by a 2016 counterterrorism law.

Iranian officials denied that the death of a young man in Tehran's infamous Evin prison was linked to recent protests

Death Toll in Iran Protests Rises to 25, over 400 Still Under Arrest

According to the Iranian judiciary, around 456 people remain in jail after the crackdown against the recent popular uprising, following the release of 440 “arrested rioters” over the past few days. The judiciary counted 25 deaths during the uprising, blaming them entirely on demonstrators while laughably claiming that government security forces fired no shots because they were “ordered not to use their weapons.”

Islamic State fighters

Islamic State Creates Its Own Secure Messaging App

Islamic State supporters have explored a variety of social media tools for distributing propaganda and coordinating their efforts, most recently the Telegram app — whose owners originally refused to take action against ISIS accounts because they wanted their platform totally free of government interference but changed their stance after the Paris massacre and began blocking ISIS-related channels.