An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on April 17, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon of the popular messaging app Telegram on a smart phone screen. AFP / Yuri KADOBNOV
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Iran banned government bodies Wednesday from using the popular Telegram instant messaging app as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Ali Khamenei's office said his account would shut down to protect national security, Iranian media reported.Telegram, set up by a Russian entrepreneur and ranked the world's ninth most popular mobile messaging app, has been widely used by Iranian state media, politicians and companies.Many Iranians kept accessing Telegram then, using virtual private networks and other tools to bypass government filtering. Iran's move also comes after a Russian court Friday ordered Telegram to be blocked after the company refused to share its encryption data with authorities.
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