Iran plans to ban the major social media platform, Telegram

Iran plans to ban the major social media platform, Telegram

Published by on April 1, 2018

The Iranian regime has announced plans to block the Telegram social media network in order to prevent the spread of protests that are taking place every day in different parts of the country.

On 31 March, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the regime’s Parliament, said that Telegram would be shut down by April 20th at the latest, ant “it will be replaced by a similar national platform.” While explicitly referring to Khamenei, he said “This is a decision that was made at the highest level”.

“Considering the destructive role that the telegram has had in the last year’s crisis in the country, this is important for our national security,” he added. By “national network” as a replacement he means a network that is completely under the control of the security agancies of the regime.

According to the regime’s Minister of Islamic Guidance, 80 percent of Farsi language information in cyberspace is transmitted via Telegram, and according to the regime’s parliamentarians, “Telegram filtering damages 200,000 jobs and renders half a million people in financial distress.”

The international community and the UN must confront Iranian regime on this issue as it relates to fundamental rights to freedom of speech and assembly.

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