Yesterday, Iran’s Deputy Minister of ICT announced that Telegram has finally agreed to move its servers to Iran but a few hours later the minister of ICT and Pavel Durov in his Telegram channel rejected this claim.

This is not the first time that such claims regarding to Telegram moving its servers to Iran has been made. But this time Pavel Durov instead of rejecting it on his Twitter, wrote a post in his Telegram channel about this. “There’s a weird rumor being spread in Iran about Telegram moving servers there. The idea of a privacy-oriented messaging app like Telegram moving its servers to a country with a history of Internet censorship is absurd and is hardly worth commenting on. However, it’s interesting to try to understand why such rumors appear in the first place.”

Pavel went on to explain the two possible reasons for this incorrect news in his post and we quote:

“1. First, countries such as Iran or Russia usually try to pass laws ordering Internet companies to store private data on their territory. Sometimes officials in those countries make loud claims that turn out to be false (“Apple agreed to host private data of their users in our country”). It’s pretty obvious that Telegram can’t comply with any such demands due to our strict Privacy Policy. We won’t be able to put the privacy of our users at risk, even if rejecting such demands means getting blocked in some countries. We’d rather lose a big market (like we did in China) than compromise a single byte of private data of our users.

“2. Second, some politicians and journalists discussing “servers” of a company in a country are confused about the terms and what they actually mean by “servers”. Along with a company’s servers that store private data in safe places, there also are internet providers that deliver its encrypted traffic to users, and third party caching nodes (CDNs) that make sure popular public content doesn’t go twice around the globe every time to reach its users. If Telegram servers store data, these third parties merely provide connectivity between Telegram servers and its users.”

Telegram is playing an important role in the daily lives of Iranians. It’s bigger than anything that you could imagine for a messaging app in a country. Iranians use Telegram for almost everything. To give you a glimpse, imagine there is an important news out there, in which medium would it be covered first in Iran? Twitter, Facebook, newspapers or national TV? None of them, it would be covered in Telegram channels first, then it would be distributed to other mediums. Whatever type of content that you have, Telegram would be the first choice to be distributed in. Currently, more than 40 million Iranians use Telegram for messaging and accessing a vast majority of content in the country. We can even claim that no other platform has ever had an impact on Iran like Telegram. Even in the recent presidential elections, Telegram was the main channel for news distributions and debates.

Having said that, all the powers in Iran whether it’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, Judiciary or even Rouhani’s government, they all have a different perspective toward the phenomenal of Telegram in Iran. And they all want to protect Iranians’ private data with their own mindset. And this is not some conspiracy theory, we all have heard of what U.S. and its agencies have been doing in the past few years on Wikileaks.

Blockchain to the Rescue

Maybe the ultimate answer to this messaging app crisis is using a Blockchain based messaging app for Iranians. With Blockchain, messages will never be located on a central server and making them subject to manipulation. Central servers also leave the risk that when it is compromised, all data is lost. So it can be good for day to day life and high-security communications.

What’s your opinion, drop us a comment if you have a better solution.


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