The order came from Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace on Sunday, reports Reuters. “Foreign messaging companies active in the country are required to transfer all data and activity linked to Iranian citizens into the country in order to ensure their continued activity,” its new regulations stated. The order sent shockwaves across Iranian social media users who fear that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will use the data to silence and arrest people expressing views incompatible with his government.
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