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Russia has blocked Twitch

Russia has blocked Twitch

Games broadcasting platform Twitch has been blocked in Russia as part of a ban on the Telegram messaging app.

The company behind the app had refused to bow to pressure and a court order to give the state access to encrypted messages by users.

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media proceeded to then ask internet service providers to block Telegram.

The ban on the app, however, has resulted in 16 million IP addresses owned by Amazon and Google being blocked as well. Telegram uses cloud services from these companies, as well as Microsoft, to get around the country's attempts at blocking it. This means a number of sites and services, like Twitch, have been taken down.

You can read the full story over on InfluencerUpdate.biz


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Craig Chapple is Senior Editor of PocketGamer.biz and InfluencerUpdate.biz. He was previously Deputy Editor at Develop and Online Editor at Nintendo of Europe.

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