The expert said that while Telegram is not monetizing, whether it is being blocked or not. Pavel Durov announced pressure on Telegram because of the Smart Voting bot.
The possibility of blocking Telegram on the air of Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda (radiokp.ru) was commented on by the President of the International Academy of Digital Communication Andrei Yablonskikh.
“It all depends on the jurisdiction of the company. If it is not under Russian jurisdiction, then there are much fewer options for putting pressure on it. It is rather difficult to consider this from the point of view of pressure if the company does not conduct any financial activities in Russia. As soon as a company starts to conduct financial activities – to accept payments, to make money on what people will invest in some services, then there are no options, ”he said.
As for Telegram, it does not have monetization tools yet, Yablonskikh explained.
“It is clear that they should appear after some time. But if we consider the actions of Roskomnadzor from the point of view of blocking, pressure and other things, probably, a super-total blocking will not lead to anything much, “the expert concluded.
Earlier, Pavel Durov announced pressure on Telegram because of the Smart Voting bot. According to him, if Apple and Google require the removal of FBK channels, then “there will be no options for counteraction”: otherwise, the messenger will be removed from the app stores.