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An_Old_Big_Tree wrote

Iranian officials have been encouraging Iranians to use domestic alternatives to Telegram. The Soroush app was released last month offering most of Telegram’s features. But many Iranians are reluctant to use domestic apps, fearing they could be used by security services to spy on them.

The Soroush app features female emojis, covered with conservative black Islamic headscarves and carrying signs saying “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

A lot to unpack here, but every time some state has a state-approved messaging app (here's looking at you, WeChat), you have to know there's a goddamn backdoor.

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throwaway38yyzew wrote

I can get behind those “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” emojis though.

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