In connection with the aggravated situation with the blocking of Telegram and rumors related to the possible prohibition of Instagram and YouTube, Vladimir Putin addressed the “Direct Line” question.
Asked the question videobloger Huseyn Hasanov. The Russian president assured that the authorities do not plan to close the said services:
We are not going to close anything. I perfectly know the situation around Telegram. I’m worried about the safety of people in my place. When law enforcement officials tell me that after the explosions in the St. Petersburg metro they could not track the correspondence of terrorists and make a decision. And terrorists use it.
It is easiest to prohibit, it is more difficult to find civilized solutions. Therefore, I will encourage my colleagues to follow this path of using modern means of combating offenses. Without limiting the space of freedom, including on the Internet.
The President of the Russian Federation stressed that he does not support the prohibitions of social networks and modern services. The best option for settling possible conflicts is negotiations.