Iranian authorities are considering a ban of access to Telegram messenger in the country for fear that released as part of the ICO token Gram can pose a threat to the national currency. It is reported by CoinDesk.
The organizers of the ICO Telegram Open Network has already attracted $1.7 billion Received means the company is going to invest in developing blockchain platform for decentralised communication, which will lay its own token Gram.
For the prohibition of the messenger in particular, said the Secretary of the Supreme Council of cyberspace, Iran Hassan Firuzabadi. He said that the role of the messenger is currently playing in the country, making it the “enemy of the private sector.”
“Telegram officially announced that it will be used as an economic platform. Telegram has a negative impact on the national currency of Iran,” he added.
On 31 March, the Iranian member of Parliament Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that the decision to block Telegram “was made at the highest level.” Messenger will be replaced by the local application.
Meanwhile, the moderate President of Iran Hassan Rouhani said that the aim of creating and promoting Iranian and messengers should not be blocking applications, and the elimination of monopolies.
Earlier Telegram, which enjoys considerable popularity in Iran, had been the object of criticism from the country’s leadership, which believes he played a role in organizing protests in December 2017.
We will remind, in February it became known that the Iranian authorities are planning to establish a national digital currency, which will reduce the state’s vulnerability to U.S. imposed sanctions.