Spain temporarily bans Telegram; bitcoiners respond

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Key facts: The blocking occurs after media complaints from users who uploaded their content without permission to Telegram. The application will be suspended on Monday while the justice system investigates the accusations. On March 22, Judge Santiago Pedraz of the National Court of Spain ordered the temporary suspension of the mobile messaging application Telegram. The blockade will take place starting Monday, March 25. This news has generated a stir in different areas such as the bitcoiner and cryptocurrency community, among which Telegram is very popular. According to a judicial source informed to the press, the suspension comes after complaints received from media companies such as Telefónica, Atresmedia, EGEDA and Mediaset. It details that they accuse the application of allowing users to upload their content without permission. In this sense, he states that The suspension of Telegram services will be to investigate the accusations. Meanwhile, this has an impact on a massive number of users who use the application to communicate. According to a report made last year by the National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC), Telegram is the fourth most used mobile messaging application in Spain. This is next to WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Bitcoiners criticize the measure against Telegram

Among the various actors who showed rejection of this initiative is the activist for cultural change in the country and the adoption of BTC known as Capital Bitcoin. “Spain (…) joins the club of the most repressive and censorious regimes on the planet, using 'copyright rights' as an excuse,” manifested on the social network TO your opinion, the measure is “to dismantle all alternative information channels to the official mainstream” of the government. Meanwhile, the activist, as well as other bitcoin and cryptocurrency users, They organize through networks so that their communities on Telegram can continue in communication. Some they commented that, in fact, the suspension would have no effect if a VPN (virtual private network) is used. This is a tool that allows you to connect a device through another geographic location while maintaining privacy. Under this context, the pseudonymous Crypto Kakarot ecosystem enthusiast held that Telegram cannot be prohibited, nor can payments in crypto assets with anonymous wallets because it is impossible to regulate. As BitcoinDynamic reported, the latter is something that the European Parliament determined in a set of new laws approved this week.