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Iranian activity against Telegram and now also against the company’s CEO

On September 26, 2017, it was published that Iran had filed charges against the CEO and founder of the Telegram app, Pavel Durov, due to this application being used as a popular means of communications among operatives and supporters of the Islamic State as well as among criminal elements.

The company’s CEO Pavel Durov said on his Telegram channel that Messenger Telegram can cut all ties with the governments of Russia and Iran since it regularly faces accusations and restrictions. According to him, it may not help those regimes, as “in the end, freedom and privacy of private life will prevail.”

According to Durov, the situation in Iran is not much better than in China or Russia. However, it seems that there is an improvement in the right direction, as in spite of differences among government officials in Iran on the manner of regulating the internet, this country hasn’t blocked the application yet.

Durov published several messages regarding this issue on his Twitter account, including one stating that “It seems I am not going to Iran anytime soon.”

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Written by Tal Pavel, Ph.D

Tal Pavel, Ph.D., Middle Eastern Studies. Lecturer, commentator, researcher. Expert on technology, Internet and Cyber in the Middle East and the Islamic world. Owner of the Middleeasternet.com website.

Translated by Eldad Salzman

Eldad Salzman
Eldad Salzman, B.A., Middle Eastern Studies (Tel Aviv University). Owner and manager, ESHTAR Translations and Computer Consultancy, currently Eldad Salzman Translations. Translator and editor (Hebrew, English, Esperanto, Arabic and other languages). Translator of bulletins on Middle Eastern affairs, global jihad, worldwide terrorism. Former translator for Israeli cellular companies Cellcom and Partner (Hebrew-English and English-Hebrew). Former lecturer on word processors, data retrieval, and indexing. Admin, editor and contributor, the Hebrew Wikipedia. Moderator of Internet forums (Translation; Linguistics; Esperanto). Topics of interest: Cyber and Internet; Wikipedia; lectures in Esperanto. Lectured on Hebrew and Arabic in the International Congress of Esperanto, Tel Aviv, 2000.