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Spain Temporarily Suspends Telegram’s Services

Sat 23 Mar 2024 | 04:55 PM
Israa Farhan

The Spanish Supreme Court has instructed the suspension of the messaging application Telegram in the country after media companies complained that it allows users to download their content without permission, according to a source from the court.

Telegram's use in Spain will be temporarily suspended starting Monday following a request from media companies, including Atresmedia, EGEDA, Mediaset, and Telefonica.

Judge Santiago Pedraz approved the ban on Telegram services in Spain while investigating the allegations, said a court source, adding that mobile phone service providers will be responsible for blocking Telegram services.

Telegram has not yet responded to a request for comment, and the spokesperson for the Supreme Court has not commented on the matter.

According to the Competition Authority, Telegram is the fourth most-used messaging application in Spain, with nearly 19% of Spaniards using it, according to a survey conducted by the authority.

The company claims to have had over 700 million monthly active users worldwide in 2023.