Spain’s Supreme Court suspended its own ruling to temporarily block Telegram on the very day it was supposed to come into force. Since the previous decision of Judge Santiago Pedraza was subjected to massive criticism from users of the Russian messenger, of whom there are not only many in Spain, but 19% of the country’s inhabitants, the court filed a request to the police, which should investigate the impact of this suspension on users, as well as prepare a report on the “characteristics of Telegram”.

Why such a report should be prepared by the police and not (for example) by cybersecurity specialists is currently unknown. The court issued the first order to block Telegram for the duration of the investigation last week, as Spanish media companies EGEDA, Mediaset España, A3 Media and Movistar Plus accused it of distributing pirated content. Telegram did not respond to the court’s request, so access to it in Spain should have been blocked for the duration of an additional investigation. However, users of the platform reacted to this decision with waves of indignation. The second ruling was approved, in particular, by the Spanish consumer association FACUA, expressing the hope that the police report will force Judge Pedraza to cancel the order to block Telegram altogether.

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