Iran to shut down Tele­gram for se­cu­rity rea­sons

Arab News - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Ira­nian news site is re­port­ing the coun­try will block the Tele­gram mes­sen­ger ser­vice for rea­sons of na­tional se­cu­rity.

The Saturday re­port by Mashregh­news.ir quoted the head of the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy, Alaed­din Borou­jerdi.

He said the de­ci­sion was made “at the high­est level” and the app would be re­placed by a sim­i­lar lo­cal sys­tem. Borou­jerdi said the de­ci­sion was a re­sponse to what he called Tele­gram’s de­struc­tive role in anti-gov­ern­ment protests that be­gan in late De­cem­ber in which at least 25 peo­ple were killed and nearly 5,000 re­port­edly ar­rested.

The app, with some 40 mil­lion users in Iran, was tem­po­rar­ily shut down dur­ing the protests in early Jan­uary.

How­ever, some 10 per­cent of users reached it through prox­ies and VPN ser­vices.

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