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Iran to block Telegram, nation’s widely used social media app


The official reason for the ban was economic nationalism, but critics suspect the real reason is to stifle dissent after protests that began last December and spread to scores of cities nationwide, the most significant social unrest in Iran in years. — Zuma Press/TNS

The official reason for the ban was economic nationalism, but critics suspect the real reason is to stifle dissent after protests that began last December and spread to scores of cities nationwide, the most significant social unrest in Iran in years. — Zuma Press/TNS

TEHRAN, Iran: Telegram, the most popular social media app in Iran, will be blocked nationwide, state media reported Sunday. 

The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, the telecommunications minister, as saying the app used by an estimated 40 million Iranians – half the population – would be blocked starting 10am April 9. 

   

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