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Telegram blocks channel promoting violence against Iran's government
Protestors in Tehran. Photo: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Telegram β€” a messaging platform used by 40 million of Iran's 80 million people β€” 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 β€” amadnews β€” was blocked, Durov tweeted, "Be careful β€” there are lines one shouldn't cross."