The government in Iran reaches our blockchain news today after the Secretary of the Criminal Content Definition Task Force Javad Javidnia declared that any kind of cooperation with Telegram about launching its Gram token will first be considered as a disruption to the national economy and second as an act against national security.
Javad Javidnia noted:
“One of the most important factors in banning Telegram was a sense of serious economic threat from its activities, which was unfortunately marginalized and neglected due to the fuss in the political atmosphere of the country.”
Back in April, the Iranian government decided after the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the government agencies to no longer use the app. In December 2017, Iran took precautious measures and blocked Telegram and Instagram as well in order to ‘’maintain peace.’’
The government has already criticized the app of potentially ‘’undermining the national currency of Iran.’’ The secretary of High Council of Cyberspace Hassan Firouzabadi approved the ban because Telegram had the potential to bring cryptocurrency to all of the Iranian users.
Firouzabadi said that Telegram is an ‘’enemy of the private sector’’ after Telegram denied to have offices in the country.
The messaging app was also banned in Russia because of concerns over its ICO. Telegram raised about $1.7 billion earlier in 2018 which was one of the largest ICOs in the industry. Apparently, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took part in the first round of the ICO with investing about $300 million. However, Roman’s spokesperson made no comment on the allegations.
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