Malaysia has no plans to restrict use of Telegram app - Zahid
17 July, 2017, 16:03 | Author: Valerie Burke
Lastly, a dedicated team of moderators with knowledge of the Indonesian language and culture will process reports of terrorist-related content more quickly and accurately.
Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov, who cofounded the app in 2013 with his brother Nikolai, said in a message to his 40,000 followers on Telegram that he had been unaware of a failure to quickly respond to an Indonesian government request to block a number of offending channels - chat groups on the app - but was now rectifying the situation.
"This has to be done because many channels on (Telegram) are full of radical and terrorist propaganda, hatred, ways to make bombs, how to carry out attacks, disturbing images, which are all in conflict with Indonesian law", the IT Ministry said in a statement released on its website after the ban.
Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology had asked internet service providers to block access to several of Telegram's services on Friday.
"Telegram is heavily encrypted and privacy-oriented, but we're no friends of terrorists- in fact, every month we block thousands of ISIS-related public channels", Durov added on Sunday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Indonesians are among the world's biggest users of social media.
He said Telegram did not have a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the handling of contents related to terrorism.
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.
The address came following an abrupt limiting of messaging service Telegram late last week.
The government has no plan to ban the Telegram messaging application in Malaysia as it poses no threat as of now.
The ministry warned that it would block Telegram if the company behind it did not filter what it called "illegal content".
"We have never received any requests/complaints from the Indonesian government", Durov said on Twitter.
Officials have expressed their willingness to negotiate with Telegram after the app's founder opened a line of communication with the government.
Its strong encryption has contributed to its popularity with those concerned about privacy and secure communications in the digital era but also made it useful to armed groups and other criminal groups.
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.
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