Telegram Loses Luster in Iran as Operators Disclose Identities

Over the years, Telegram -- he most widely used messaging app in Iran -- has helped quench the thirst for online political expression in a country where Twitter and Facebook are banned. But leading up to Iran’s presidential election in May, Telegram is now seen by some as a force that’s stifling political speech. That’s because in recent months Iranian security and intelligence agencies have begun arresting Telegram users and now require those who run popular Telegram channels to apply for permits -- disclosing their identities.