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Three Young Men to Serve 12 Years in Prison For “Insulting” Social Media Posts

Three Young Men to Serve 12 Years in Prison For “Insulting” Social Media PostsCHRI - Three 24-year-olds have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each in Iran for posting critical commentary about politics and religion on the popular Telegram messaging network.

IRGC Commander Publicly Criticizes Rouhani’s Refusal to Block Telegram Call Service Before Election

CHRI - One month before Iranians head to the polls, a senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has revealed that President Hassan Rouhani opposed pressure to ban the popular Telegram application's newly released "Voice Calls" service.

Iran's Judiciary Blocks Voice Calls On Telegram Messaging App

PayvandNewss - Iran's judiciary has blocked newly introduced call features on a highly popular messaging app called Telegram. It was not immediately clear whether the reason for the blocking of voice calls, introduced last week, was a political move ahead of the country's May presidential election or an attempt to protect the commercial interests of Iranian telecom companies.

Iranian government confronts Telegram as election approaches

Iranian government confronts Telegram as election approachesAl-monitor - In the aftermath of the 2009 post-presidential election protests in Iran, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube became popular platforms to disseminate videos and information from inside the country to the outside world. In response, authorities quickly blocked the sites, ultimately slowing their growth domestically. That restriction created an opportunity for a messaging app called Telegram to take the country by storm years later.

Iran social media activists held on ‘security’ charges

IranAl-Arabia - Iranian social media activists arrested ahead of next month's presidential elections are being held on security and obscenity charges, the judiciary said Wednesday.

12 Reformist Telegram Channel Admins Arrested in Iran Ahead of May 2017 Election

12 Reformist Telegram Channel Admins Arrested in Iran Ahead of May 2017 ElectionIranhumanrights.org - Iranian security forces arrested 12 administrators of reformist-aligned Telegram channels on March 14-16, 2017, deleted the channels' content and changed their names.

Memo to Tech and Social Media Companies: Allow Iranians Access to Online Tools

Iranhumanrights.org  —Major technology and social media companies should stop barring Iranians from buying or accessing personal communications tools and services that are not banned by any sanctions, and make immediately available to Iranians the full range of permissible items, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and ASL19 said in a joint statement today.

Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged “Anti-Revolutionary” Telegram Channels

A screenshot of the heavily edited alleged video “confession” of a man identified as “Shahin.”Iranhumanrights.org - In the latest crackdown by hardliners against popular social media applications in Iran, the Intelligence Ministry has detained several channel administrators of Telegram. Hardline domestic news outlets have subsequently aired admins' alleged video "confessions."

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers

Iranhumanrights.org - In the latest attempt by Iran's security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to register with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance or face prosecution.

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