Hassan Rouhani criticizing blocking of Telegram messaging app

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with Muslim leaders and scholars in Hyderabad, India, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

Vastavam web: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is criticizing the blocking of the popular Telegram messaging app in the Islamic Republic, saying those in his administration weren’t the ones who shut off access.The app, believed to be used by half of Iran’s 80 million people, was crucial in fanning nationwide protests in December and January.In a post on photo-sharing app Instagram, which isn’t blocked in Iran, Rouhani said late Friday: “No social network or messenger were blocked ‘by this government’ and won’t be blocked.” The semi-official ISNA news agency also reported his remarks.