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Iran criminalizes Telegram cryptocurrency

After blocking the Telegram messenger in the country, the Iranian authorities took a new step – any help to launch the internal cryptocurrency of the messenger, Gram, was outlawed. It is reported Tehran Times, referring to the words of one of the officials Javad Javidnia (Javad Javidnia). He explained that the ban is due to economic, not political reasons.

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[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Any cooperation with the Telegram messaging application for launching the Gram, the application cryptocurrency in Iran is an action against national security and will be considered as a destruction of the national economy.[/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]One of the most important factors in the Telegram ban was a sense of a serious economic threat from its activities, which, unfortunately, was isolated and ignored because of the hype in the country’s political atmosphere. [/perfectpullquote]
Javad Javidnia
Secretary of the “Criminal Content Definition Task Force”

Iran has always ambiguously related to cryptocurrency and many social networks. In December 2017, the authorities temporarily blocked access to Telegram and Instagram after mass protests. In April 2018, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banned all government officials from using Telegram, followed by a similar ban for the entire country and its ” import substitution .”

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