Media regulator Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov said on Tuesday that his agency informed Google and Amazon that it had blocked IP addresses on the companies' cloud services in an effort to implement the ban on Telegram.
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The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications of Russia (Roskomnadzor) may block Facebook in the country if the social network refuses to comply with the requirements of RF legislation.
"We have now informed both companies that a significant number of IP addresses located in the clouds of these two services have fallen under the block on the basis of the court ruling (to block Telegram)", Zharov was quoted as saying. The work of Amazon and Google in Russian Federation is also in question, said Zharov.
Russian web users are reporting problems accessing online services as a result of the authorities' bid to block the Telegram messaging app.
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The streamer said he had to use a virtual private network (VPN) and a messaging program called "Tor" in order to write a message of Twitch's website. Amazon's European press office didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Reuters also reported that Telegram's CEO Pavel Durov thanked companies like Apple, Google and Amazon on his personal Telegram channel for "for not taking part in political censorship", which may have prompted the block. Durov said last week the latest version would have "built-in" features that would be able to circumvent the ban.
The FSB has said that Telegram is widely used by terrorists.
Durov, a pioneer of social media in Russian Federation, left the country in 2014 and has become a vocal critic of the Kremlin's policies on internet freedom. The most widely cited tool appears to be the use of so-called VPN anonymizers, which disguise an internet user's location and allow residents of Russian Federation to access the internet as though they were overseas.