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Telegram faces potential shutdown in various countries amidst Spain’s ban


In the wake of Spain’s recent decision to block access to the popular messaging app Telegram, concerns arise over potential shutdowns in other nations. The Spanish High Court ordered the ban following complaints from major media organizations alleging copyright infringement due to unauthorized content sharing on the platform.

Effective immediately, Spanish users find themselves cut off from Telegram, pending further legal proceedings. The ruling, issued by Judge Santiago Pedraz, underscores the platform’s perceived failure to cooperate with requests for information related to the case. While the ban is initially temporary, its duration remains uncertain.

Telecommunication operators swiftly complied with the court order, restricting access to Telegram across various networks. Users voiced discontent over the abrupt halt in service, while legal experts emphasize the significance of the company’s compliance with judicial inquiries.

Spain’s action echoes similar measures taken by other nations. China notably banned Telegram in 2015 amid concerns over dissenting voices challenging the ruling regime. Thailand, Pakistan, Iran, and Cuba have also enforced bans citing reasons akin to those in Spain.

As the fourth most-utilized messaging service globally, Telegram boasts a user base of 900 million worldwide. In Spain alone, where it commands nearly 18 percent of the population, the impact of its blockade reverberates throughout the digital landscape.

With Spain’s precedent-setting move, questions loom over the future of Telegram in jurisdictions grappling with content regulation and copyright enforcement. As debates intensify, the fate of the messaging platform hangs in the balance, with users worldwide closely monitoring developments amidst growing uncertainty.

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