The Iranian government's anxiety over the widespread protests that have roiled the country for the past week may be best shown by one action: the government's decision to censor Telegram, the most popular foreign messaging app still being used by average Iranians.
The youngest minister in nearly four decades of theocracy in Iran, Azari Jahromi had accused AMADnews of fomenting violence.
Telegram's decision drew criticism from free internet advocates and Iranians. "This suggests that workarounds for Iran's internet filters have become a way of life for many mobile and desktop internet users". Mainstream news sites and other information sources are blocked in the country. Should Telegram shut one Iranian channel down to preserve access to all the others?
Sanctions have also forced many Iranians to use smartphones and applications that have been jailbroken, a term used when a manufacturer's restrictions are removed to allow a user to install unauthorized software.
"Iran's own strict regime of internet filters, but also USA sanctions limiting the transfer and sale of technology and security products, are likely contributing factors that mean the choke points are still an effective mechanism for mass control", Toker said. Telegram was reported to have moved some of its servers in the country although the company denied the claims.
"We are proud that Telegram is used by thousands of massive opposition channels all over the world". It's very hard for social media platforms and messaging apps to operate under tight regulations in Iran.
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