Iran's telecoms minister said Tuesday it was "impossible to block citizen's access to information", a day after Iran judiciary banned the hugely popular Telegram messaging app.
"Even if we ban the use of software, other software will be found and information will start to circulate freely again," Jahromi wrote.
"Technology is not intrinsically guilty, corrupt, or deviant," he added. "It is human beings who misuse it to promote crime and corruption in the virtual world, just as they do in real life."
Built by Russian tech guru Pavel Durov, Telegram is the most popular social network in Iran with some 40 million users -- roughly half the population.
"On the question of filtering (social networks), we said and repeated that this is not the only solution," it cited him as saying. "The competent authorities heard our arguments and made their decision."