Iraq to lift ban on Telegram

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye

The Iraqi telecoms ministry has disclosed that the ban on Telegram that was put in place earlier this week will be lifted on Sunday.

The decision to lift the ban, according to the ministry, was made after “the company that owns the platform responded to the requirements of the security authorities that called on the company to disclose the entities that leaked citizens’ data.”
A member of Telegram’s press team responded to Reuters’ request for information by saying, “we can confirm that our moderators took down several channels sharing personal data. However, we can also confirm that no private user data was requested from Telegram and that none has been shared.”

Telegram was asked last week by the ministry to take down leaked information about official state institutions as well as citizens personal information, but the company did not comply which led to their ban in Iraq.

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