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Telegram shutdown sparks anger in Iran:Internet freedom has become a new political battlefield in Iran as a judicial order to block Telegram, a widely used messaging application, has ignited anger among its tens of millions of users.The ruling by the Tehran’s Culture and Media Court came late on Monday, when internet service providers gradually started to cut off access.

This was a move members of President Hassan Rouhani’s reformist government had been pushing against for months, especially after efforts to ban the app gained traction among hardliners in the wake of mass demonstrations late last year.But with the shutdown, some of the anger has now been directed to the pragmatist president, who had campaigned for more openness in the Iranian society.Iran’s judiciary is controlled by hardliners and the chief of the judiciary is appointed by the supreme leader.

About half of Iran’s roughly 80 million population use Telegram to communicate as well as for business and entertainment purposes.Other social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have been blocked for years by the government, although they can still be accessible using virtual private network or VPN. Telegram is also a means for Iranians to circumvent media censorship. It is a phone-based platform for “channels” that let publishers, who might not necessarily be approved by the state, to broadcast news and multimedia messages to millions of followers.

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Telegram shutdown sparks anger in Iran:Internet freedom has become a new political battlefield in Iran as a judicial order to block Telegram, a widely used messaging application, has ignited anger among its tens of millions of users.The ruling by the Tehran’s Cult

Telegram shutdown sparks anger in Iran:Internet freedom has become a new political battlefield in Iran as a judicial order to block Telegram, a widely used messaging application, has ignited anger among its tens of millions of users.The ruling by the Tehran’s Culture and Media Court came late on Monday, when internet service providers gradually started to cut off access.

ure and Media Court came late on Monday, when internet service providers gradually started to cut off access.