Print Edition - 2017-04-20  |  World News Digest

Iran blocks Telegram voice calls: state media

- Agencies, TEHRAN

Apr 20, 2017-Iran’s judiciary has blocked newly introduced voice calls on Telegram, the most popular messaging app in the country, state media reported on Wednesday. The blockage follows the arrest last month of 12 people who ran popular reformist channels on Telegram, ahead of a presidential election next month. It was not clear if the blockage of voice calls, which Telegram introduced worldwide last week, was political or designed to protect the commercial interests of domestic phone companies. Last month, the conservative-dominated judiciary blocked the online navigation app Waze because it was designed in Israel, which Iran does not recognise. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov confirmed the blocking of voice calls. “In Iran, where Telegram has some 40 million active users, Telegram voice calls have been completely blocked by the country’s internet providers and mobile operators following an order from the judiciary,” he wrote on his official channel. Iranian officials have previously said there were around 20 million Telegram users in the country. 

Published: 20-04-2017 10:54

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