Iraq Blocks Telegram Over National Security Fears
Updated: Jan 8
The Iraqi government has banned access to the popular messaging app Telegram, citing concerns over national security and user privacy.
The ministry of telecommunications said the app had failed to close channels sharing private details of Iraqi citizens and state institutions.
Despite requests to address the issue, Telegram did not respond or engage.
Telegram is widely used in Iraq for messaging and sharing news. However, some channels on the platform contain large amounts of personal data like names, addresses and family ties.
By blocking access, the ministry aims to protect official data and citizens' privacy, while still respecting rights to free expression.
Telegram is yet to comment on the ban. The app had not responded to the ministry's previous requests regarding data leaks.
Iraq has joined several other countries in banning Telegram over national security worries. The messaging app has often been criticised for its use by extremist groups.
The ministry stated its move does not prejudice citizens' freedoms. However, many Iraqis rely on Telegram as an important communications tool.
Iraq has banned messaging app Telegram over national security concerns.
The telecoms ministry said Telegram failed to close channels leaking citizens' personal data and details of state institutions, despite requests.
Telegram is widely used in Iraq for messaging and news, but has faced criticism globally for use by extremist groups.