Telegram founder: Iran blocks access to secure messaging app

Authorities in Iran have blocked many of the country’s citizens from accessing the Telegram messaging application after the company refused to close down several channels, according to the firm’s founder and CEO.

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Durov’s tweet comes after the protests reportedly entered the third night on Saturday evening, as Iranians demonstrate against the theocratic government in Tehran.

AFP reported Saturday that multiple news agencies in Iran cautioned Telegram could be blocked after Iran’s communications minister said a channel pushed for an “armed uprising.”

The first deaths were reported Saturday in western Iran, with two individuals killed in Dorud.

Source: The Hill | December 31, 2017 | Mallory Shelbourne

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