Iran Says Telegram Agrees To Self-Censor For Iranian Readers
Iran’s ministry of communications says the Telegram now has an employee dedicated to censoring the site’s content for Iranian users, making sure it conforms to Islamic Republic regulations.
The Minister of Communications Mahmoud Vaezi wrote on his Instagram page that in correspondence with the Telegram’s website providers, “we asked for the blocking of obscene and immoral content of the network, and in response they have blocked it.”
He added that Telegram management has announced that they have dedicated one employee to monitor the content provided for Iranian users and filter out “inappropriate and immoral material”.
Vaezi stressed that all social networking sites active in Iran must “conduct healthy activities” or they will be subjected to government filtering.
Iran’s media supervisory board has decided not to conduct any filtering of the Telegram and will monitor the network for compliance with its promises. The board reportedly will make a final decision on the fate of the Telegram in Iran next month.