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Telegram blocks channel promoting violence against Iran's government

Protestors in Tehran. Photo: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Telegram — a messaging platform used by 40 million of Iran's 80 million people — is shutting down a channel on its app that was encouraging users to carry out violent protests against the Iranian government and use Molotov cocktails against police officers, Recode reports.

In a tweet to Telegram CEO Pavel Durov, Iranian official Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi said Telegram was promoting violent protest. After the claim was confirmed and the channel — amadnews — was blocked, Durov tweeted, "Be careful — there are lines one shouldn't cross."