Telegram suspends channel calling for violent protests against Iran govt

Telegram suspends channel calling for violent protests against Iran govt

Telegram suspends channel calling for violent protests against Iran govt

In a December 31 blog post, Pavel Durov, chief executive of Telegram, which is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, wrote that the company had previously complied with requests by the Iranian government to shut down access to "channels" that called for violence during the protests.

The demonstrations started last Thursday in Mashhad, historically a bastion of religious conservatism, and have now reached more than 55 cities and towns. Around half of Iran's 80 mn people are said to be active on Telegram, which is quite a popular app in the country. The Iranian protests have since spread primarily to cities and towns along Iran's western border, with Iraq. The Supreme National Security Council is behind the move, the source added.

As anti-government protests in Iran spilled into its third day, nearly complete media black-out have paved way for social media to report on the biggest protests since 2009 Green Movement.

Confusion remains around the true extent of the clampdown as some students in the country have reported uninterrupted access on desktop computers, including messaging service Telegram. "Despite this fact, many Iranians still use VPNs because they are not versed in internet security, but very well versed in bypassing censorship", she said.

Netflix's 'Altered Carbon' Looks Absolutely Nuts - Watch The Exhilarating Trailer
Bear in mind, it's pretty x-rated: good for fans of shirtless, slime-covered Joel Kinnaman, not great for the violence-adverse. Who is in the cast of Altered Carbon? In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder ... that of Bancroft himself.

In his re-election campaign previous year, 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.

Among the telecoms company was Hamrahe Aval, the primary Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran (MTCI or MCI) as social media continues to play a pivotal role in documenting mass protests and subsequent brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in the country.

In a tweet - an ironic medium, as Twitter is also banned in Iran - Azari Jahromi, the country's minister of information and communications technology, insisted Monday that the block was only temporary and that rumors to the contrary were rooted in social discontent and pessimism.

Mr Durov said calls for violence were prohibited by Telegram and within hours, the channel the minister was referring to - @amadnews - was suspended.

Messi agrees to no-fee Barca exit if Catalonia ceded from Spain
Messi made his way back into the starting line-up after sitting out of Barcelona's draw with Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey. FC Barcelona dominate La Liga and just added a phenomenal player in Coutinho to the squad.

Telegram is one of the biggest social media platforms in Iran. When Telegram refused, the government placed a nationwide block on the app.

Pavel Durov, Telegram's founder, confirmed that Iran has "blocked access to Telegram for its citizens due to opposition activity in channels" clarifying that this was different from Telegram's own decision to block a particular channel that was advocating violence against the Iranian police.

Since the 2009 protests against a disputed presidential election that gave hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term were ruthlessly put down, many middle-class Iranians have abandoned hope of securing change from the streets.

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, an influential cleric whose followers have used Telegram to promote his views, asked for a permanent ban on the "rotten swamp". Telegram in particular has been hugely popular in Iran where its proprietary cryptography and independence from the U.S. have proved to be valuable.

Gal Gadot Says 'We Should All Be Feminists', Especially Now!
That means she definitely already has her favorites, including a satin crimson red lipstick that rings in under $10. She added: "I try to make sure that [Alma] has good self-esteem and confidence and that she will love herself".

Related news