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Telegram in Limbo: Judge Pedraz Pauses Blocking of Messaging Platform in Spain While Waiting for Report

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 25, 2024
Judge Pedraz reverses decision and halts blocking of Telegram

Judge Santiago Pedraz has decided to request a report from the General Information Commissioner before taking any action on blocking the Telegram messaging platform in Spain. The magistrate wants the report to provide detailed information about the characteristics of Telegram and the potential impact of a temporary suspension on users. Although there are no further details about new deadlines or what to expect from this report, it is clear that the ruling by National Court Judge Santiago Pedraz will have significant consequences for millions of Telegram users in Spain.

The announcement of the suspension caused an unprecedented stir among more than eight million users who use Telegram in Spain. The technical difficulty for operators to block such a massive application was extraordinary. Many countries have tried and failed to limit platforms like Telegram, with much content linked to dissident activities in undemocratic or directly illegal countries.

The initial measure to block Telegram was taken at the request of Mediaset, Atresmedia, and Movistar Plus, who claimed that some channels on Telegram shared copyrighted material without permission. However, this order did not specify any new deadlines or what to expect from this report from the General Information Commissioner’s Office.

Telegram is an instant messaging application launched in 2013 by Russian-born businessman Pavel Durov. Since its launch, it has been known for its commitment to user privacy and refusal to share information with authorities, making it popular among activists and dissidents in authoritarian regimes such as Russia or Iran. However, this also made it a hub for sensitive content such as drug sales, far-right activities, disinformation, violent content, child pornography or terrorism.

By Samantha Johnson

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