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Russian President's Spokesperson Sends A Message To Telegram CEO After Moscow Attack: 'Expected More Attention From Pavel Durov'

Russian President's Spokesperson Sends A Message To Telegram CEO After Moscow Attack: 'Expected More Attention From Pavel Durov'

Russian President’s Administration Raises Concerns with Telegram CEO Following Moscow Tragedy

Telegram CEO Under Fire

In a startling twist reminiscent of a Shakespearean drama, the Russian President’s administration has turned the spotlight on Telegram CEO Pavel Durov following a horrific terrorist incident at a concert venue in a Moscow suburb.

A Call for Responsibility

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, publicly called out Durov, a Russian native, urging him to shoulder greater responsibility for the content disseminated on the platform. The Kremlin’s message, as reported by Politico, implied that terrorists have found a haven for their nefarious activities on the messaging app.

Expecting More

Expressing disappointment with the current state of affairs, Peskov remarked in an interview with Life, a pro-government outlet in Russia, “We would have expected more attention from Pavel Durov. This unique and groundbreaking platform, which has grown under our very eyes, is increasingly being exploited by terrorists for their sinister purposes.”

Stirring Allegations

Despite the damning assertions, Russia has refrained from enacting a ban on Telegram, a platform frequented by roughly 40% of the nation’s internet users. The warning from the Kremlin comes hot on the heels of a lethal assault at a Moscow concert hall that claimed the lives of over 140 individuals. These attackers purportedly received instructions via a Telegram channel affiliated with ISIS-K, an offshoot of the Islamic State that emerged in late 2014, branching off from the Pakistani Taliban.

Deafening Silence

In the midst of the uproar, Telegram has maintained radio silence, declining to respond to queries from Benzinga on the matter. The app has long been under scrutiny for its alleged leniency towards hate speech and conspiracy theories. Durov, in past statements defending the platform’s stance on free speech, emphasized a strict stance against the promotion of violence.

Why the Warning Matters

The Kremlin’s caution comes in the wake of a series of events that have thrust Russia’s security landscape into the limelight. Shortly before the tragic incident at the Moscow concert hall, reports surfaced of a confidential warning issued by the U.S. to Russia about potential terrorist strikes targeting large public gatherings in the capital.

Post-incident, Russian authorities promptly arrested 11 individuals associated with the assault. This episode adds to Telegram’s history of grappling with regulatory challenges, including the ban it faced in the U.S. state of Montana over concerns related to data sharing with foreign entities.

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Pondering the future ramifications of the Kremlin’s warning, one is left to wonder – will this incident serve as a catalyst for heightened scrutiny of communication platforms and the responsibilities they bear in a rapidly evolving digital landscape?

In the meantime, the saga between the Kremlin and Telegram unfurls before our eyes, a modern-day clash of titans in the realm of online communication and security.

Disclaimer: This content was partially created with the assistance of Benzinga Neuro, and underwent review and approval by Benzinga editors.