Yandex reports unprecedented VPNs and proxy services popularity amid Telegram ban
On Friday, April 13, the Tagansky District Court of Moscow decided to immediately block Telegram at the request of Roskomnadzor.
After the reports on inevitable blocking of Telegram messenger, the popularity of VPNs and proxy services has grown dramatically.
According to a service of Yandex.Wordstat, since the beginning of 2017 48 thousand people were searching for proxies in a week. And in the period from 9 to 15 April, there were 103.000 of such requests.
The situation is similar for VPN: 50 thousand people (which is about 40% of the traffic) were searching for it on the Internet.
A proxy server is an intermediary server that allows getting access to the blocked websites.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an encrypted network for connecting to the Internet. Most likely, these services were necessary for users to bypass Telegram blocking.
Also, 16 thousand people were looking for information on the blocking of Telegram in Yandex.
On Friday, April 13, the Tagansky District Court of Moscow decided to immediately block Telegram at the request of Roskomnadzor. The process of blocking started on Monday, but many users are still using this popular app.
Roskomnadzor meanwhile continues to block not only Telegram, but also proxy and VPN that give access to the messenger. Telegram lawyers are going to appeal to the General Prosecutor's Office with a complaint about the actions of Roskomnadzor.