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Telegram says it will remove terrorist content after Indonesia threatens a ban
Telegram will create a team of moderators to remove “terrorist-related content” in Indonesia, co-founder Pavel Durov said on Sunday, after the Indonesian government threatened to ban the encrypted messaging app.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said on Friday that it would block access to Telegram if the company does not develop procedures to remove illegal content from its channels, pointing to concerns that the app was being used to spread “radical and terrorist propaganda.” As a preliminary measure, the ministry ordered service providers to block access to the web version of Telegram. On Sunday, Durov said that Telegram had blocked channels that were reported by the government, and that the company would take additional steps to remove illegal content. “Telegram is heavily encrypted and privacy-oriented, but we’re no friends of terrorists.” "We are forming a dedicated team of moderators with knowledge of Indonesian culture and language to be able to process reports of terrorist-related content more quickly and accurately," Durov said in a Telegram post, as quoted by the Associated Press. Telegram has faced criticism from government authorities across the world for providing an encrypted platform that has become the messaging “app of choice” for terrorists. Durov has publicly resisted calls to install so-called back-doors that authorities could use to access encrypted messages, saying they would undermine privacy and security for millions of users.
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