The Iranian government has taken additional measures against Telegram’s cryptocurrency growth, the Tehran Times reported on Dec 31.
Secretary of the Criminal Content Definition Task Force Javad Javidnia has announced that any collaboration with the VoIP messaging program to establish its Gram token will likely be regarded as an act against domestic security and a disruption to the national market. Javidnia said:
“Among the most essential facets in banning Telegram was a feeling of serious financial threat from its actions, which was sadly marginalized and failed on account of this fuss from the political setting of the nation.”
Iran first banned the program in April when supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that authorities bureaus would no longer utilize the program. The nation’s judiciary subsequently forbade its use entirely. Back in December 2017, Iran briefly obstructed Telegram and photo-sharing program Instagram to be able to “keep peace” amid widespread protests.
Before the ban, Iranian officials criticized the program, saying its first coin offering (ICO) was possibly “undermin[ing] the federal currency of Iran.” Hassan Firouzabadi, the secretary of the High Council of Cyberspace accepted the proposed ban because of Telegram’s possibility of bringing cryptocurrency to every one its displaced users.
Firouzabadi called Telegram within an”enemy of the personal sector,” because”Telegram never [agreed] to have an office in Iran and refused to operate with the private industry.”
The go-to messaging program of this crypto sector was additionally banned at Russia as a result of worries over its ICO, together with the chance of a”totally uncontrolled monetary system” allegedly resulting in the block.
Telegram increased almost $1.7 billion in just two financing rounds earlier this season, among the industry’s biggest. The ICO searched investment to encourage the evolution of this Telegram messenger program and its blockchain platform Telegraph Open Network.
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich allegedly participate in the initial round of the ICO. Persons knowledgeable about the issue told Russian media that Abramovich spent $300 million. Jon Mann, Abramovich’s spokesperson, made no remark as to if Abramovich took a part, but denied that the $300 million claim.