Moscow [Russia], April 13 (ANI): A Russian court on Friday ruled to ban popular instant messaging service 'Telegram' over its failure to provide access to the Russian security services to users' encrypted messages.
The judge further observed that the court's verdict ought to be implemented instantly.
It took the court all of 18 minutes to grant the request, after scheduling the hearing just one day before, according to the reports.
The trial took place without Telegram's defense team.
According to the New York Times, there was no immediate comment from the founder of Telegram Pavel Durov, who also came up with the Russian social network Vkontakte and had fled the country in 2014, after he lost control of Vkontakte.
President Vladimir Putin's press office reportedly uses the Telegram as well.
"There is a certain legislation that demands certain data to be passed to certain services of the Russian Federation," Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitri S. Peskov, said, adding that his office would resort to an alternative app the moment Telegram ceased working. (ANI)