Iran's ban of Telegram messaging app sparks infighting

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Iran's ban of Telegram messaging app sparks infighting
Telegram is believed to have some 20 million users in Iran out of a total population of 80 million.
By Samuel Thrope
May 6, 2018
The Telegram logo is seen on a screen of a smartphone in this picture illustration.

Unlike previous efforts to block Facebook, Twitter and satellite TV, last Monday’s ban on the popular Telegram messaging app by Iran’s powerful judiciary is not going over quietly. Telegram is a messaging service launched in 2013 that serves many Iranians as a kind of combination of Facebook and Whatsapp, allowing people inside the country to chat securely and to disseminate information to large audiences abroad. Until the April 30 decision, the application was widely used by Iranian state media, politicians, companies and ordinary Iranians for business, pleasure and political organizing. Telegram is believed to have some 20 million users in Iran out of a total population of 80 million.

“Considering various complaints against the Telegram social networking app by Iranian citizens, and based on the demand of security organizations for confronting the illegal activities of Telegram, the judiciary has banned its usage in Iran,” the government said in a statement announcing the action.

The judiciary’s Culture and Media Court decision cited among its reasons the application’s use by “international terrorist groups” and anti-government protesters, and the company’s refusal to cooperate with Iran’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology. Those who disobey, the statement said, “will be subject to criminal prosecution.”

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Chris

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I wish the Iranian people could throw off the chains of this evil Islamic regime. Praying that they are able to and have freedom. :pray
 
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