Telegram blocks "thousands of ISIS-related" channels every month

Telegram blocks

Telegram blocks "thousands of ISIS-related" channels every month

In response, Telegram said on Sunday it would put together a team of moderators to actively remove "terrorist-related content".

On Saturday, Communications Minister Rudiantara told Reuters by text message that Telegram had not processed the government's requests to take down "radical" content quickly enough.

Durov said there had been a breakdown in communication.

"The KDN's (Home Ministry's) observation, especially by the Anti-Terrorism Unit and the Special Branch of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), find that the application (Telegram) has so far not been used in matters related to crime or for recruiting or raising funds for terrorism activities", Zahid said. The nature of the negotiation is not yet known, but an Indonesian official suggested that the lifting of Telegram's ban may be possible if the app complies with Indonesian regulations regarding radical content.

In a note posted to his Telegram followers, Pavel Durov said his firm had now removed all terrorist-related public channels reported by the government.

Indonesia isn't the only country up in arms about messaging encryption.

Telegram, which blocks thousands of ISIL-related channels a month, "always open to ideas on how to get better at this", Mr Durov said.

Founded in 2013 by Russian brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, the application is a free messaging service that can be used as a smartphone app and on computers through a web interface or desktop messenger. ISIS has been linked to a spate of suicide bombings in the capital city, Jakarta. In 2002, attacks on the tourist island of Bali killed 202 people and wounded more than 300 - the worst act of terror in the country's history.

Telegram is all about security and encryption so the fact that we can not just wander into Durov's wall of comments and gorge on them is reassuring, if frustrating, and if we were reviewing Telegram as a thing it would probably win some points for this.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Sunday that other social media platforms will not be affected by the government's latest move. "I will keep you updated".

"But we're no friends of terrorists", he added.

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