WATCH: Paper planes fill Tehran skies as protests against Telegram ban persist

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As part of a series of protests against ban on messaging app Telegram, Iranians gathered in the capital city of Tehran on Tuesday evening to launch paper planes into the air – the app’s logo.

On Monday, Iran’s judiciary banned Telegram, which the authorities have accused of allowing armed opposition groups to fuel unrest. The app is the most popular means of communication among the local population.

Elsewhere in Moscow, thousands of Russian protesters called for an end to the ban on the instant messaging app by flying paper planes. Local officials blocked app on April 16 after Telegram refused to share users’ encrypted messages with Russian security services.

Meanwhile, Iran has released a new communication platform enticing users with an embedded list of “Death to America” emojis. This is a move aimed at decreasing Telegram’s popularity among users in the country.

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