Moscow City Hall Develops App to ‘Replace’ Skype, Slack

Moscow authorities have actually established an inner messaging app intended as a “complete substitute” for work environment interaction systems like Slack, Skype as well as Telegram, the RBC news site reported Thursday.

The application’s look comes as Russia bangs what it calls censorship and discrimination of government-affiliated accounts by western social networks platforms. Earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin increased fines for protesters and “international representatives,” in addition to on social networks giants charged of “differentiating” against Russian media.

The TDM Messenger application initially appeared on Google Play in July 2020 yet vanished from the store after RBC sent a request for remark to Moscow’s IT department. A subsidiary of Moscow’s IT division had been detailed as one of the application’s designers, RBC reported.

According to RBC, the app operates like a typical messaging app, with the capability to send pictures as well as video along with make personal and also group voice calls. The Moscow IT division subsidiary’s site touted the application as having “an extraordinary degree of safety and security, resiliency and also scalability for individual partnership in federal government agencies,” including that it enables encrypted messaging and voice calls.

A representative for Moscow City Hall decreased to comment on the application’s advancement to RBC, claiming only that the city’s IT division “methodically checks brand-new remedies.”

” The experience of teleworking has actually revealed the relevance of having our own developments aimed at boosting the rate, convenience and also safety and security of communication and partnership,” the representative informed RBC.

Professionals talked to by RBC said government officials have an interest in creating a secure messaging system that can run individually from mainstream messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram. Russia ended its mainly unsuccessful attempt to block the latter app last year.

In 2019, Russia passed a controversial legislation allowing the country to reduce its web off from the World Wide Web in the event of a nationwide security emergency.

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