Iran Looks To Block Telegram Messenger Service
Iran’s Internet filtering committee is to meet next week to decide on measures to prevent access to the popular Telegram instant messaging mobile application.
An Iranian Student’s News Agency report dated 3 November 2015 states that the majority of Iran’s Internet filtering committee’s 13 members agree on blocking measures.
Telegram has seen growing popularity throughout Iran thanks to its strong security capabilities, including end-to-end encrypted “Secret Chats” which permit users to hold confidential conversations that no service operator or government can intercept.
In particular, recently added “bot” capabilities have permitted users access to other forms of information traditionally censored by the country’s restrictive internet filters. Developers of the Telegram application conceded to blocking certain bots that fell foul of Iran’s decency regulations earlier this year, however Telegram developers claim to be committed to providing a secure instant messaging service globally.
Iranian authorities were unavailable for comment. Further information on information accessibility in Iran is available from ASL19.