Pavel Durov: “Digital Resistance” Is Just Getting Started – And Going Global
Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram, one of the most popular messengers in the world, wrote that the “Digital Resistance” movement doesn’t end with last week’s ceasefire in Russia.
New challenges for developers
Durov believes that developers should not lose their vigilance and should keep on “combat readiness”.
“As the political situation in the world becomes more unpredictable, more governments may try to block privacy-focused apps like Telegram”.
He admitted that the Telegram team was ready to ban their service in Russia two years ago. They made every effort so that users could comfortably bypass the locks through proxies.
“We were joined by thousands of Russian engineers that set up their own proxies for Telegram users, forming a decentralised movement called Digital Resistance” – he wrote.
Active actions of the developers have led to the fact that the audience of the messenger has doubled for these two years. Durov welcomed the decision of the Russian authorities to refuse to block his service. He expressed the hope that this would last as long as possible.
Despite this small victory, the “Digital Resistance” movement must continue its work. Durov wrote that developers should fight censorship in other states. He called on developers to make as many efforts as possible to ensure anti-censorship in Iran and China.
Recall, last Thursday, June 18, the Telegram messenger again became available for residents of the Russian Federation.