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Telegram's free instant messaging app has attracted about 100 million users since its launch in 2013

Russia Bans Telegram After Company Refuses to Surrender Encryption Keys

After a hearing on Friday that lasted only 18 minutes, a court in Moscow gave Russia’s Roskomnadzor agency the authority to ban the popular secure messaging platform Telegram. The company had refused to surrender its encryption keys to Russia’s FSB security service, as demanded by a 2016 counterterrorism law.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: A close-up view of the Telegram messaging app is seen on a smart phone on May 25, 2017 in London, England. Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, has been used as a secure communications tool by Islamic State. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Iranian MP: Popular Messaging App Telegram Is a ‘Security Threat’

The chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee said this week that the popular messaging application Telegram, widely used by Iranians during the most recent uprisings which began on December 28, is “a security threat.”

Iranian officials denied that the death of a young man in Tehran's infamous Evin prison was linked to recent protests

Death Toll in Iran Protests Rises to 25, over 400 Still Under Arrest

According to the Iranian judiciary, around 456 people remain in jail after the crackdown against the recent popular uprising, following the release of 440 “arrested rioters” over the past few days. The judiciary counted 25 deaths during the uprising, blaming them entirely on demonstrators while laughably claiming that government security forces fired no shots because they were “ordered not to use their weapons.”

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Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Shah Violated Women’s Rights

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published a piece on Sunday suggesting Iran’s late Reza Shah – the grandfather of Iran’s Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi – committed a grave “evil” by banning the compulsory hijab.

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2017 file photo, taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students attend an anti-government protest inside Tehran University, in Tehran, Iran. As nationwide protests have shaken Iran over the last week, the Islamic …

State Department: Iran Has Arrested ‘at Least 1,000’ Protesters

The State Department announced on Thursday that Iran’s Islamic regime has arrested at least 1,000 Iranians since protests began and announced that it will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the uprising and how to provide support for the people.

Since protests erupted in Iran, the country's authorities have restricted some social media services like Instagram and Telegram out of fear they will be used to spread news about the unrest

State Department to Launch Social Media Strategy to Support Iran Protests

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it will use Facebook and Twitter to communicate directly with Iranians who are protesting against the Islamic regime in favor of democracy and freedom, hours after Iran’s repressive government shut off access to Instagram and Telegram in an attempt to stifle the uprising.

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Israelis Crack Secret Message App Used by Islamic State Terrorists

An Israeli cyber-intelligence company claims to have penetrated a private messaging forum used by Islamic State to plan and inspire attacks against “extremely specific” western targets, including American military bases in the Middle East.

A Whatsapp App logo is seen behind a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone that is logged on to Facebook in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, February 20, 2014. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC

India: Supreme Court Hears Case to Ban WhatsApp for ‘Aiding Terrorists’

This Wednesday, India’s Supreme Court will hear a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking a ban on WhatsApp in the subcontinent on the grounds that the messaging platform’s end-to-end encryption could provide terrorists with access to one another through the app, which is impossible to intercept.

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Islamic State Produces Smartphone App for Children

The Islamic State has launched a mobile phone app for children, in which they are taught the Arabic alphabet, Islamist ideology, and a useful vocabulary of words such as “tank,” “gun,” and “rocket.”

A man types on a keyboard in front of a computer screen on which an Islamic State flag is displayed, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 6, 2016. Twitter Inc has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the... REUTERS/DADO RUVIC - RTX25PB7

Islamic State-Linked Hackers Post U.S. Government Employee ‘Hit List’

Hackers from the Islamic State-linked “United Cyber Caliphate” used the secure messaging platform Telegram to post a “hit list” of U.S. government employees on Monday, including sensitive personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.

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Study: Facebook Pages Used as ‘Online Arms Bazaars’ for Terrorists

The New York Times reports it was able to persuade Facebook to shut down six web pages used as “sprawling online arms bazaars” for terrorists and militants, “offering weapons ranging from handguns and grenades to heavy machine guns and guided missiles.”