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Iranians hesitant to leave Telegram for Domestic Apps

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The running joke on Iranian social media right now is that three green ticks on a domestic messaging app mean that not only does the sender and receiver read the message, but an intelligence […]

HRW slams Iran’s Telegram Ban

From Human Rights Watch. The Iranian judiciary’s blocking of the messaging application Telegram is an unjustifiable restriction on freedom of expression and access to information, Human Rights Watch has said. With more than 40 million users, Telegram had become the main social media platform for Iranians. On April 30, 2018, Mizan Online News Agency, the […]

Telegram in Iran on verge of being Blocked

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The popular messaging app Telegram is seemingly drawing its last breaths in Iran as a number of reports indicate its likely imminent blocking. Telegram has more than 40 million users in Iran and is widely believed […]

Rouhani “pushes back against” Telegram blocking

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Amid fresh reports that the Iranian authorities are planning to block the popular messaging app Telegram, moderate President Hassan Rouhani has declared his opposition to such a move. In a controversial interview on March 31, member […]

The case for Net Neutrality in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Please see this link,” Iran’s minister of information and communications technology replied on Twitter after an internet freedom activist confronted him about net neutrality. Typically, Iranian government officials would ignore such affronts on […]

Rouhani doubles down with ‘Digital Economy’ Plan

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Rouhani doubles down on Iran’s conservatives with ‘digital economy’ plan After receiving criticism for unblocking the popular social media app Telegram, which was closed over the recent protests that rocked Iran, President Hassan Rouhani is not […]

Internet Censorship a Double-Edged Sword for Tehran

By Maysam Bizaer for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Everything stopped suddenly. We are literally out of work now,” Alireza, a 24-year-old university student living in Tehran, told Al-Monitor. He is among many Iranian online entrepreneurs who have suffered major financial losses in recent […]

Video: Iran Unblocks Telegram Messaging App

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s government has unblocked the popular social media app, Telegram. Activists had used it to share videos of anti-government protests not shown on state media. The government criticised the company for not filtering […]

Inside the world of Social Media Advertising in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Fatemeh sits in the driver’s seat of the car with a PlayStation 4 on her lap. “Happy Birthday,” she shouts at her husband as he hops in the car. Mohamaad is ecstatic and asks […]

Iran files Lawsuit against Telegram founder

By Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Telegram messaging application is the most popular mobile software in Iran, but it has always been on the verge of being blocked for various reasons. Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, Tehran’s prosecutor general, has announced that the Iranian […]

Revolutionary Computer Game faces Crackdown in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. There’s a tech crackdown going on in Iran right now. It began in May with the arrests of Iranian Instagram models for posting “un-Islamic” photos. Then, the Supreme Council of Cyberspace — the body […]

Iran tries to Control Messaging Apps

By John Lee. Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace has ordered that instant messaging apps must store data about Iranian users inside the country, according to a report from BBC News. Firms have been given one year to comply with the ruling, which campaign group Privacy International described it as “extremely worrying”. Iran’s most popular messaging […]

Iran Announces Plans for Social Media Monitoring

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace announces plans for social media monitoring The Feb. 26 parliamentary elections are the first elections to take place in Iran during which Telegram will be, by far, the most-used […]

How one Messaging App is Changing Iranian Media

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “A grandson of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been disqualified from running for the Assembly of Experts”; “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has reached a deadlock”; “The bodybuilding […]