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Encrypted Messaging App Telegram Blocks Terror-Related Channels Amid Rising Security Concerns

Encrypted Messaging App Telegram Blocks Terror-Related Channels Amid Rising Security Concerns

Together, the ministry and Telegram have devised a three-step plan to resolve the issue: blocking all "terrorist-related" channels requested by the ministry, establishing direct communications between the CEO and the ministry and forming an Indonesian-language team of moderators to focus on terror material originating from or targeting the region.

Pavel Durov, founder of the messaging app, said in on Telegram that there had been a "miscommunication" with Indonesian authorities, as he was not aware of a request by the government to take down certain channels.

"So it made me upset to hear that the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology suggested they would have to block Telegram in Indonesia", Durov said in a message to his roughly 40,000 followers on Telegram.

Durov said Telegram has now blocked the channels that were reported to it by the Indonesian government.

Police in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, say that suspected militants have admitted to using Telegram to coordinate planned attacks and that the platform is used to share bomb-making instructions, as well.

As a result of the policy, people could not access the web-based Telegram, but still could use the Telegram app installed on mobile phones.

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He said Telegram did not have a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the handling of contents related to terrorism.

The address came following an abrupt limiting of messaging service Telegram late last week.

The ministry warned that it would block Telegram if the company behind it did not filter what it called "illegal content".

On July 14, the Indonesian government blocked web access to Telegram and threatened a full ban due to its "terrorism" content.

However, as outlined in its code of conduct, the ICT Ministry can not request a ban or block on any web portal, but instead only processes requests from other government institutions. Its strong encryption has contributed to its popularity with those concerned about privacy and secure communications in the digital era but also attracted militant groups and other criminal elements.

"We're constantly striving to be more efficient at preventing terrorist propaganda, and are always open to ideas on how to get better at this", he said, adding he is confident that both Indonesia and Telegram can efficiently eradicate terrorist propaganda without disrupting millions of Telegram users in the country.


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