Pavel Durov, the founder and CEO of the Telegram messaging service, referred to Iran, and said Telegram has around 40 million users in Iran where social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are filtered.
“The Iranian government has never asked us to provide it with even one bite of users’ private information,” he noted.
In remarks posted on his Facebook, Durov also referred to the differences between Telegram and the Russian government, saying they have not yet been settled.
He said the principles of Telegram are all the same across the world, and that the company will not breach those principles.
Telegram officials and Moscow have been at odds for quite some time now over users’ private information. In return for allowing Telegram to be officially registered in Russia, the Kremlin has called on the messaging service company to provide it with users’ private information when required.
He said the company will not trample its principles underfoot simply to secure the market in different countries.
Durov has agreed to Telegram being officially registered in Russia, but has underlined that he will not compromise users’ privacy, whatsoever.