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Iran blocks access to secure messaging app

Iran blocks access to secure messaging app

Access to the popular photo sharing and messaging apps Instagram and Telegram was restricted on mobile phones, Iranian media reported on Sunday, after three days of protests in many cities. In the last presidential election, the app played a big role in motivating turnout and spreading political screeds.

Along with Telegram, Instagram was also temporarily banned on Sunday, with Iranian social media users purportedly uploading screen shots of the app not working. Eventually violence erupted in some of Iran's major cities, including capital Tehran, as citizens took to the streets, with some videos showing people reportedly chanting "death to the dictator", according to Reuters. It happened in many states in India and many other countries internationally.

"Both free access to information and the right to be secure are delineated in the civil rights charter which is up to govermment and the SNSC (Supreme National Security Council) to be enforced under the chair of Interior Minister Mr. Rahmani Fazli", added Mr. Azari Jahromi.

The cleric wrote a letter published by Iranian media in July in which he said he wouldn't support his son over AmadNews' reporting and messages on its Telegram channel.

"Calls for violence are prohibited by the Telegram rules".

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In the recent years, we are more frequently seeing the internet blockage during the protests.

In his re-election campaign a year ago, President Hassan Rouhani declared that he had been responsible for ensuring that it continued to be possible to access the app, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp, during his first term in office.

On Saturday, Iran's Telecoms Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi said, "A Telegram channel is encouraging hateful conduct, use of Molotov cocktails, armed uprising, and social unrest". Iranian officials have filed criminal charges against me back in September for letting Telegram spread "uncensored news" and "extremist propaganda".

Last July, the messaging app bowed to pressure from authorities in Indonesia as it agreed to block all terrorist-related content.

"On a less joyful note, Iranian authorities started blocking Telegram in Iran today after we publicly refused to shut down channels of peaceful Iranian protesters, such as @sedaiemardom". Durov said in a blog post that the company "would rather get blocked in a country by its authorities than limit peaceful expression of alternative opinions". But economic sanctions imposed on the country have made access to some of those tools more hard, said Collin Anderson, a cybersecurity researcher who planned to publish a report this week about Iran's capabilities. Telegram in particular has been hugely popular in Iran where its proprietary cryptography and independence from the United States have proved to be valuable. The channel also apologized for breaking Telegram's terms and conditions.


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