Spain HC Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram Messaging App

The Spain High Court has ordered a temporary suspension of Telegram's services in the nation.

Spain High Court has temporarily suspended messaging app Telegram’s services in the country following complaints from media companies. 

These companies alleged that Telegram allowed users to upload their content without permission, prompting the court to investigate.

Suspension Implementation:

The suspension of Telegram’s services in Spain will take effect from Monday onwards. Mobile phone providers will be tasked with blocking access to Telegram’s services as per the court’s order.

Several media firms, including Atresmedia, EGEDA, Mediaset, and Telefonica requested suspension. Their complaint focused on Telegram’s alleged facilitation of user-uploaded content without proper authorization.

Judge Santiago Pedraz granted the request to block Telegram’s services while the claims were being investigated. This decision reflects the court’s acknowledgment of the seriousness of the allegations and the need for further examination.

Company and Regulatory Context:

Telegram, which did not immediately comment on the court’s decision, is reportedly Spain’s fourth most-used messaging service. 

The competition watchdog CNMC noted its significant usage among Spaniards, with nearly 19% of those surveyed using the app. Telegram claims to have over 700 million monthly active users worldwide as of 2023.

Unavailability of Immediate Responses:

Neither Telegram nor the High Court spokesperson commented immediately on the court’s decision, suggesting ongoing legal proceedings and potential deliberations behind the scenes.

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