National Security official says Telegram will be filtered by late April

The Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security in Majlis said that Telegram would be replaced by a similar domestic platform.

“I think this will happen at least by late April,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi said adding that the decision was made at the “highest level.”

“This issue is important for us in terms of national security in light of the destructive role that Telegram played in the crises of the last (Persian) year. We have also reached the ability in cyberspace to define a national platform; such as Surosh and other capacities,” he added. “The number of subscribers on Surosh may be 3 million, while the number of subscribers on Telegram is 40 million, but when Telegram is out of circulation, people will turn to the national platform,” Boroujerdi said. (The state-run Mehr News Agency – Mar. 31, 2018)

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