MOSCOW, April 30. /TASS/. A court in Iran has ruled to ban the use of a popular messenger, Telegram, Irib TV said on Monday.
"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 TV channel quoted the court ruling.
Iran’s government earlier issued an instruction banning government officials to use foreign messengers, including Telegram. The authorities suggest Soroush Messenger be used instead.
Statistics suggest that Telegram is used by some 45 million users in Iran. The messenger was blocked on December 30, 2017 following a series of anti-government protests to be reinstated on January 13.