Telegram will now be facing blocks from Iran‘s ISPs. Iranian officials have instructed ISPs to start blocking both the desktop and mobile versions of Telegram within the country. Additionally, ISPs have been told to make it so that the service can’t be accessed through any means, even with VPN.
Reuters reported that Iran‘s judiciary website Mizan, said, “All internet providers in Iran must take steps to block Telegram’s website and app as of April 30.” Per the website, Telegram apparently threatened Iran‘s security through “propaganda against the establishment, terrorist activities, spreading lies to incite public opinion, anti-government protests and pornography.”
Iranian media is reporting that the prosecutor of the second branch of Tehran's Culture and Media Court ordered all internet providers to block access to the popular messaging application Telegram, effective immediately. HRW's @sarahleah1 comments on the judiciary's move: pic.twitter.com/AWlQTxr5Xv
— Tara Sepehri Far (تارا سپهریفر) 😷 (@sepehrifar) April 30, 2018
In December of last year, Iran had temporarily blocked Telegram to “maintain peace” while all the protests were happening around the country. Iran isn’t the only country to counter Telegram because a Russian court has already issued a ban on Telegram earlier this month.