By Iran Probe staff
Thursday, 18 April 2017
Telegram’s voice call got blocked by court order in Iran in less than four days after it was launched
As of Monday afternoon all the users lost the Telegram’s voice call service. During the four days since it was launched, the free services for mobile phones and home internet was not available either.
Based on state run news agencies in Iran, a judicial order was sent to 20 service providers yesterday in order to block their services for the Telegram’s voice call.
It was first rumored that the service providers had decided to block the Telegram’s voice call in order not to lose money. However, the Minister of Communications announced officially that the move to block the service was made by the court order.
The Committee for Determining Instances of Criminal Content decides for filtering various websites in Iran. Representatives from various government offices, the parliament, judiciary, security forces and state radio and television preside over this committee. But the judiciary is also filtering the websites and social media sites. According to Mohammad Jafary, the General Prosecutor, about 16 to 17 thousand Telegram channels are filtered every week in Iran.
International monitoring organizations report Iran as one of the countries with poorest rate of social media freedoms and is at the bottom of their table. Since the popular uprising of summer of 2009 in Iran, some social networks including Facebook and Twitter have been filtered in Iran.
Telegram is one of the most popular social media in Iran. The Minister of Communications is reported by the Iranian press that telegram has at least 14 million users in Iran.