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It was just last month that Russia banned Telegram over snubbing the government’s request for users’ data. And now, the messaging service is facing another ban from Iran.

According to reports, the decision by Iranian authorities is targeted at protecting national security. The middle-east country has seen massive anti-government protests in the past few months, and officials have been of the view that Telegram has been extensively used by organizers of these rallies.

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“Considering various complaints against the Telegram social networking app by Iranian citizens, and based on the demand of security organizations to confront the illegal activities of Telegram, the judiciary has banned its usage in Iran,” a Reuters report says citing Iranian state media.

Following the ban, the authority and relevant bodies are encouraging it citizens to use local alternatives like Soroush.

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