Iran trying to discard foreign-developed messaging apps

Business Materials 7 February 2017 12:52 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, February 7

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Iran hopes to discard the foreign-developed messaging apps and replace them with domestically made ones in about one year.

The announcement was made by Abolhassan Firuzabadi, secretary of Supreme Cyberspace Council, Mehr news agency reported.

“The existing internet network is not healthy and we lack wealthy online services right now,” he said.

He said Iran is after developing a model to offer services to users based on their age, gender, social status, etc.

Currently the most popular messaging app in Iran is Telegram, made by a Russian company. The app, according to official reports, occupies 40 percent of Iran’s internet bandwidth.

Some social networks such as Facebook, YouTube, Google+, and Twitter are blocked in Iran.