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Telegram and Instagram being restricted in Iran

Telegram and Instagram being restricted in Iran
From TechCrunch - January 2, 2018

Messaging app Telegram and Facebook-owned social sharing platform Instagram appear to be being blocked in Iran.

Iran state TV said yesterday that authorities were temporarily blocking the services to maintain peace, according to the AP news agency.

The country has seen a rising wave of anti-government protests in recent days and ministers have accused social media of fueling dissent.

On Saturday Irans ICT minister, Mohammad-JavadAzari Jahromi tweeted directly at Telegram founder Pavel Durovclaiming that one of the platforms channels is encouraging hateful conduct, use of Molotov cocktails, armed uprisings, and social unrest and urging Durov to act to stop such encouragements via Telegram.

In a post on his Telegram channel yesterday, Durov said the authorities had imposed a block on Telegram, adding that it is not clear whether permanent or temporary.

He also confirmed that Telegram admins had suspended the channel that Jahromi had been objecting tonaming it as @amadnewsbut claimed this was as a result of the channel admins having broken Telegrams terms of service rules bycalling its subscribers to use Molotov cocktails and firearms against police.

Responding toJahromisearlier tweetDurov also noted that:Calls for violence are prohibited by the Telegram rules. If confirmed, well have to block such a channel, regardless of its size and political affiliation.

Following the suspension of @amadnews, Durov writes that the channel admins were able to reassemble most of their subscribers (800,000) in a new peaceful channel, which we welcomedafter apologizing for breaking Telegrams ToS and pledging not to promote violence in future.

At the time of writing neither Instagram nor Telegram could be reached for comment.

Telegram has a large user base in Iranwith Durov stating last year that it has ~40M monthly active users, which amounts to around half the population of the country, and 25M daily active users.

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