Iran: Telegram’s ICO Threatening National Security

April 8, 2018

The secretary of Iran’s High Council of Cyberspace (HCC) has voiced publicly support to the would-be ban on Telegram within the country having cited to the recent ICO as to potentially putting at risk the Iran’s national currency.

As Al-Monitor put it, debates over Telegram ban were first caused by both wish to assist local projects and the national security problems as the app can possibly be used in future protests which is supposed to occur already during demonstrations in Iran in December 2017.

Hassan Firouzabadi, the secretary to the HCC, supports ban proposal due to cryptocurrencies that may spread all across the country.

As Tasnim News Agency reports, Firouzabadi cited to Telegram as the private sector foe because it has refused to deal with it and open its office in Iran.

Firouzabadi also claimed:

“We predict that this money's lifetime is 10 years, and during this period, approximately $50 billion will be withdrawn from the country. But if the price declines overnight, people will protest [asking] why there wasn't any monitoring of it.”

One of the opponents to ban on Telegram is the President of Iran Hassan Rouhani who sees a need in putting an end to monopolies rather than banning a single app:

“Having strong, secure and cheaply priced Iranian messaging applications that can solve people's needs and problems will surely make everyone proud. The goal of creating and enhancing Iranian software and messaging apps should not be blocking access [to other apps], but [the goal] should be the elimination of monopolies”.

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