Roskomnadzor has no claims to the Telegram messenger and link free credit rm3 for compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation on personal data, the press service of the department told Interfax.
So the RKN responded to a request to comment on the information that appeared in social networks about the removal of bots by the Telegram messenger that provide personal data upon request about almost any person.
For other questions, the RKN recommended contacting the messenger’s press service.
On March 9, Kommersant, citing the press service of Roskomnadzor, reported that the agency had sent a notification to the administration of the Telegram messenger about the need to restrict the work of bots (programs that have a built-in search engine) that allow the messenger user to get information about almost any person upon request. According to RKN, the actions of the owners of such services violate the legislation on the protection of personal data, and their use violates the rights of data subjects. In addition, the RKN turned to law enforcement agencies to identify the persons involved in the dissemination of confidential information, the newspaper writes. These bots included “Eye of God”, “Archangel”, Smart_SearchBot and AVinfoBot.
On March 12, some experts reported that these bots were removed by the messenger. At the same time, others began to appear to replace them.
21 RDIF invested in Telegram convertible bonds
The Russian private equity fund became the owner of the bonds of Telegram Group Inc., which can be converted into shares of the company in the event of its IPO.
Telegram Group Inc., which develops the Telegram messenger, last week placed five-year bonds worth $ 1 billion at 7% per annum. The owners of the bonds will have the right to convert them into Telegram shares in the event of the company’s IPO with a 10% discount to the placement price, a representative of one of the investment funds that received an offer to participate in the deal told Interfax earlier.
On Tuesday, the UAE sovereign fund Mubadala announced that it had bought Telegram convertible bonds for $ 75 million, the same amount was invested by Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners.
Mubadala is a traditional partner of RDIF. A representative of the Russian sovereign wealth fund confirmed to reporters that RDIF participated in the investment in Telegram together with Mubadala, without specifying the size of the investment.
Mubadala is stepping up its focus on technology investments, the fund said. Over the past 12 months, its portfolio, in addition to Telegram, has been supplemented by investments in companies such as Waymo, AliExpress and Jio Platforms, the fund notes.
Telegram is one of the most popular and dynamically growing messengers in the world, but the company has not yet implemented any of the monetization models (the company has such plans in 2021, its founder Pavel Durov said earlier). In 2018, the company launched an ICO, but the placement of tokens, in which at that time many large entrepreneurs and investors had already participated, was banned by the American authorities. Following an extrajudicial agreement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Telegram was forced to return more than $ 1.2 billion to investors of the TON blockchain platform last year.
Durov himself said that Telegram was able to attract “more than $ 1 billion” through the sale of bonds to a number of the largest investors from around the world. “This will allow Telegram to continue its global growth, while maintaining a commitment to its values and remaining independent,” Durov wrote on his Telegram channel.
The Wall Street Journal previously reported, citing sources and company documents, that by the end of April, the messenger should return about $ 700 million to creditors.In addition, Telegram also needs to cover the growing costs of equipment and other costs associated with the rapid growth of its audience, the publication noted.