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Iran blocks Telegram and Instagram amid widespread protests in the country

Iran blocks Telegram and Instagram amid widespread protests in the country

The government's decision on putting controls on the Internet access and messaging apps, under such conditions, has unfortunately exacerbated the economic conditions of virtual Iranian businesses.

Earlier on New Year's Eve, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took to state television to call on an end to violence, even as authorities moved to block Instagram and Telegram, two messaging and social media apps popular with Iranians, according to the Washington Post. "Today they imposed a block on Telegram - not clear whether permanent or temporary".

"Telegram will face increasing pressure over time to collaborate with the Iranian government's demands for this or that". Not the first time though-Facebook was banned in 2009 by the Iranian government after protests erupted following the reelection of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Iranian authorities are blocking access to Telegram for the majority of Iranians after our public refusal to shut down https://t.me/sedaiemardom and other peacefully protesting channels", Pavel Durov wrote on Twitter Sunday.Iranian authorities are blocking access to Telegram for the majority of Iranians after our public refusal to shut down https://t.co/9E4kXZYcP9 and other peacefully protesting channels. Havad also requested Durov to stop encouraging such activities via Telegram. However, the following procedure will be useless in the cities where the whole Internet is blocked.

Many of Iran's anti-government protesters have been using apps like Telegram and Instagram to organize. One conversation was publicly called out by Iran's Minister of Technology for recommending protesters attack police with Molotov cocktails.

"There are numerous Telegram channels which promote violence and terrorist acts, we have statistics and evidence but we have not publicized tem not to promote violence", he said. "As a result, they have been able to reassemble most of their subscribers (800,000) in a new peaceful channel, which we welcomed", said Durov.




Many don't seem to understand why I object to @Telegram having unsafe, censorable public channels in an app that is promoted as a secure messenger.

Telegram is one of the biggest social media platforms in Iran. In countries where they are otherwise banned, messaging apps that encrypt conversations often use the Google App Engine to hide their activity within Google's traffic. While some cryptographers have criticized Telegram's homebrew cryptography, local Iranian users have cared more about the app's independence from the United States. There were also 25 million daily users.

In the past, some Iranians have found ways to get around government restrictions by using tools that evaded Iran's censorship technology.

Nonetheless, media censorship in Iran is a fact of life.

On Tuesday Durov wrote on Twitter that while Telegram was being blocked in Iran, a rival messaging app that offers privacy, WhatsApp, was still available there.


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