The front page of the Iranian daily Seven Morning reporting the detention of Vahid.
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When the people who patrol Iran's heavily filtered Internet found out, the man known only as Vahid landed in jail.Telegram is the most popular messaging service in Iran.The committee is Iran's highest IT regulator and it decides which websites and services to censor.Facebook and Twitter remain blocked in Iran but are accessed by millions using easily available software. Telegram's rise poses a deeper dilemma – even the office of the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, runs public service channels on it, which, presumably, would lose their purpose if the app was shut down and no one in Iran could use it.When Telegram was asked in September to stop "harmful" content reaching Iran, the company took appropriate measures, according to Iran's Telecommunications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi.But when new pornographic content surfaced, the app's owner Pavel Durov accused Iran of blocking the service, only to apologize later when it emerged that bandwidth problems were to blame.With a high-level of smartphone use and 70 percent of Iran's population having access to the Internet, mobile apps have transformed social lives.
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