Spain: Judge orders Telegram to be blocked nationwide

Mar24,2024



New Delhi: Use of messaging applications Wire In spain will be temporarily Suspended From Monday, after a request media companies,
The order was issued by Judge Santiago Pedraz of the Audiencia Nacional, the high court that handles sensitive cases.
Media companies including Atresmedia, EGEDA, Mediaset and Telefonica complained that Telegram was allowing users to upload their content without permission.
While the claims are being investigated, Pedraz agreed block Telegram services in Spain. According to the court source, it will be the responsibility of mobile operators to block Telegram services.
Why was the order issued?
The judge issued the order after the authorities Virgin IslandsWhere Telegram is registered, failed to respond to the court request from July 2023.
The court wanted information that could reveal who was behind the accounts that were apparently uploading pirated content.
The judge said in Friday's order that he had to take this “precautionary step” due to the lack of cooperation from the Virgin Islands.
Consumer groups condemned the decision
Consumer advocacy group Fesua criticized the decision as disproportionate and warned that it would cause “huge harm” to the platform's millions of users.
“It's as if they have shut down the Internet because there are websites that illegally host content protected by copyright,” said Ruben Sanchez, secretary general of FACUA.
Telegram is the fourth most used messaging service in Spain, according to competition watchdog CNMC. It was used by about 19% of Spaniards surveyed by the CNMC.
Telegram claims to have 700 million monthly active users all over the world. The company has faced disruptions in many countries, from Brazil to Somalia.



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