An Iranian court ruled on Monday to forbid the use of the Telegram messaging app, local media reported. “Taking into account various complaints over the Telegram app and proceeding from security requirements, the court authorities have banned the use of this messenger,” the court ruling said as cited by Irib TV.
In March, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of Iran’s parliamentary Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security, stated Tehran will disable the messaging service, claiming the app played a negative role in the anti-government protests that took place in the country several months ago.
The Telegram app is used by around 45 million people in Iran and was temporarily blocked in January. Authorities have suggested users switch to Soroush Messenger, which was launched over the weekend by the Iranian government with the intention to replace Telegram.