Iran blocked Tele­gram,

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> the most pop­u­lar mes­sag­ing app in the coun­try, early May, claim­ing the ser­vice used by 40 mil­lion Ira­ni­ans en­dan­gers na­tional se­cu­rity. Tele­gram is widely used in Iran, for ac­tiv­i­ties as var­ied as chat­ting, book­ing ap­point­ments at beauty sa­lons, sell­ing cars or find­ing part­ners. Even the supreme leader, Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, had his own chan­nel un­til re­cently. Iran’s ju­di­ciary is­sued a de­cree or­der­ing internet ser­vice providers to block ac­cess to the Tele­gram app, as they have al­ready been do­ing for years for Face­book and Twit­ter. Many peo­ple man­age to by­pass the state’s fire­walls by us­ing vir­tual pri­vate net­works(vpns). But such soft­ware re­quires a lot of band­width, and they of­ten sig­nif­i­cantly slow internet ac­cess.

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