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High Court orders temporary suspension of Telegram services in Spain

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MADRID, March 23(Reuters) – Spain’s Supreme Court has ordered the suspension of Telegram messaging services in the country after media companies complained that it allows users to download their content without permission, a court source said. The use of Telegram in Spain will be temporarily suspended starting Monday following a request from media companies, including Atresmedia.

Judge Santiago Pedras agreed to block Telegram services in Spain while the claims are being investigated. Mobile operators are responsible for blocking Telegram services, a court source said.

Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative of the High Court did not respond to a request for comment.

Telegram is the fourth most popular messaging service in Spain, according to the CNMC, a regulatory body. It was used by almost 19% of Spaniards surveyed by the CNMC.

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