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Iran Bans Use of Telegram Messaging App To Protect 'National Security' (reuters.com) 44

Iran has banned all use of the popular Telegram messaging app. The ban had been introduced to protect "national security," said a statement aired on state television. From a report: Iran had been considering the ban since January when protests over economic grievances erupted in more than 80 cities and later turned into demonstrations against the clerical and security elite of the Islamic Republic. Some hardline officials said protesters used Telegram to organize the rallies, which were ultimately contained by the Revolutionary Guards and their affiliated volunteer Basij militia. The app was temporarily blocked in January. "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," state TV reported. "All Internet providers in Iran must take steps to block Telegram's website and app as of April 30," the judiciary website Mizan quoted a court order as saying.
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Iran Bans Use of Telegram Messaging App To Protect 'National Security'

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  • Dictators being dictators.

  • let me FTFY (Score:5, Insightful)

    by v1 ( 525388 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2018 @12:46PM (#56536541) Homepage Journal

    "Iran Bans Use of Telegram Messaging App To Protect the people in power from their citizens "

    • That's always the motivation for censorship.

    • by mjwx ( 966435 )

      "Iran Bans Use of Telegram Messaging App To Protect the people in power from their citizens "

      Or in other words.. "Totalitarian nation does thing that Totalitarian nations do to protect themselves whilst giving an obvious lie as the reason". This kind of thing barely gets a Meh out of me. Knowing a few Persians I feel for the Iranian people but getting hot under the collar over a phone app banned in a place I'll never visit is pointless.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    if your national security relies on people not using a communication app your in for a lot of trouble.

  • Who cares (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Virtucon ( 127420 ) on Tuesday May 01, 2018 @01:35PM (#56536847)

    The companies that have sold tech to Iran that enables them to do this should be the real story here, not just one app

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If you need an easy free way around telegram being blocked, search on twitter for "telegram socks".
    A few people are running socks5 proxies that you can just enter in telegram settings. You might have to try a few to find a good one.

    Telegram traffic is all encrypted so there should be no practical privacy problem.

    Tor and I2p may also work, with the hassle of running extra software, and tends to be slower than the socks proxies.

  • I dislike the poster's strategic addition of quotes around "national security," which are not in TFA. It really is a matter of national security. Whether or not we like that nation or give a fig about its security is irrelevant.
  • 1 Can Telegram just get a new name, IP and copyright?

    2 Can someone quickly just roll a replacement?

  • This is why we need to find a way around the service provider. They are the weak link.

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