TEHRAN The Telegram message service has transferred some of its servers to Iran, a minister said, but the founder of the encrypted application quickly denied such a claim.
“As a result of meetings with the Telegram managers, some of their servers have been moved to the country,” Information and Communications Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi was quoted as saying by the Iranian news agency ISNA.
However, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said that is not the case and reiterated the company’s position in a Twitter message to The Associated Press on Sunday.
“No Telegram server will move to Iran,” Durov wrote in his tweet, in which he attached a link to a previous publication.
Telegram allows users to send text messages, images and videos over the internet. The service is advertised as highly encrypted and allows users to set their messages to “self-destruct” after a certain period, making it a favorite among activists and others who fear their privacy is at risk.
Iran has informed foreign social networks that they must move their servers to the country if they want to continue their operations there.
Iran blocks social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and censors other websites. Although senior officials have unrestricted access to these communication networks, Iran’s youth and technology-savvy citizens use related servers and other solutions to circumvent controls.