The reports of the Tehran Times show that the Iranian government has decided to impose strict steps against the cryptocurrency development of Telegram. The government of Iran is more concerned about the economic status – trying best measures to dispose the economic threats taking birth from Telegram crypto aspirations.
Iranian Government Concern about National Security
As per the official statement of Javad Javidnia, the secretary of the Criminal Content Definition Task Force, any act associated with the encrypted messaging app Telegram (to launch the Gram tokens) will be considered as an offense to the national security and economy. He quoted:
“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.”
The telegram had been banned in Iran in April 2018. The idea of banning the messaging app comes under the leadership of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who earlier said that the government agencies would not use the app anymore. Accompanying this, the judiciary of the country had also forbidden the use of Telegram in Iran. In December 2017, the government of Iran officially blocked Telegram and a famous photo-sharing app Instagram – to maintain an environment of peace – resist the widespread of protests
Before Telegram got banned in Iran, the app was criticized by the top officials of the country. The government did mention in an announcement that the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of the app was harming the national currency of Iran.
In order to prevent the widespread of cryptocurrency among the users in Iran, Hassan Firouzabadi, who is the secretary of the High Council of Cyberspace, approved the idea of banning Telegram. The government was well aware of the potential of cryptocurrency – it can spread like air among the Iranian users.
Hassan Firouzabadi also mentioned Telegram as an enemy to the private sector of Iran – because Telegram never established an office in Iran, denied the proposal of working with the private sector of Iran.
The messaging app Telegram has also been banned in Russia due to the issue of its Initial Coin Offering (ICO).