Twitch reportedly affected by IP address bans in Russian Federation

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Roskomnadzor has banned 16 million IP addresses used by Telegram, including those provided by Google and Amazon.

Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.

On April 6, Roskomnadzor filed the lawsuit on the blocking of Telegram in Russian Federation.

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Instagram, developed by Pavel Durov, was banned in his native Russian Federation on Monday morning, when authorities asked mobile service providers to block access to the messaging service. The work of Amazon and Google in Russian Federation is also in question, said Zharov.

Russia's attempts to ban access to the Telegram messaging service threaten to drag US tech giants including Alphabet and Amazon into the war with founder Pavel Durov as he turns to proxy servers to bypass the blocking measures. Some users also tried using VPN (virtual private network) services to get around potential government blockage of the service, but to no avail.

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov called on Tuesday for "digital resistance", saying he was prepared to give out millions of dollars worth of grants in bitcoin digital currency to individuals and companies that run proxies and VPNs to support internet freedom. Zharov told Izvestia that Facebook still did not comply with the Russian legislation.

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Writing on his Telegram channel, Durov said there had not been a significant drop in users of the service in Russian Federation since the ban took effect because users were using VPNs and proxies to access the messenger.

Any moves by Google or Amazon to halt Telegram's access to their platforms or to remove its app from their stores would mean "they are witting collaborators in a censorship campaign, not victims of it", Snowden said.

The FSB has said that Telegram is widely used by terrorists.

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This IBT reporter independently verified that Telegram was accessible in Russian Federation on Monday and Tuesday, with people using VPN in case the service did not work for them the usual way.

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