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Iran joins Russia as the second country to ban Telegram

Telegram down in Iran for good (Source: The Next Web)
Telegram down in Iran for good (Source: The Next Web)
It looks like a certain type of governments does not like Telegram at all since Iran is now banning the popular encrypted messaging service that was recently taken down in Russia. Telegram has about 40 million users in Iran and has been apparently used to organize the protests that took place back in January.
Codrut Nistor,

Yesterday was definitely not a good day for Telegram since the popular encrypted messaging service has just been taken down in Iran — the second large country to do so, less than a month after the Russian government decided to do the same.

According to Reuters, the Iranian state television announced yesterday that the country's judiciary banned the use of this popular service "to protect national security." The same source also quoted the Iranian state television detailing the reasoning behind this decision as it follows: "Considering various complaints against the Telegram social networking app by Iranian citizens, and based on the demand of security organizations to confront the illegal activities of Telegram, the judiciary has banned its usage in Iran."

Back in January, when Iranian people in around 80 cities protested against the clerical and security elite of the Islamic Republic — after it all started as a protest over various economic issues — Telegram was temporarily blocked. Now, it looks like its former users should try to find other similar service. Maybe Signal would be a good idea — if it hasn't been blocked in the country yet, of course. After all, the local Soroush app that features female emojis covered with black headscarves and who carry signs saying “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” definitely does not look like a piece of code that someone fighting against the radical government would be willing to use.

Are you a Telegram user? If the service gets blocked for one reason or another, what would you use to replace it?


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Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5565 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-05- 2 (Update: 2018-05- 2)