No plans to ban Telegram in Malaysia, says DPM Zahid

Telegram

Telegram

On Friday, Indonesian authorities blocked all access to Telegram, saying it had several forums that were "full of radical and terrorist propaganda".

"If there is no improvement we will really consider closing the platform, we are sorry if we have to because we want to maintain relations so the social media technology can be properly utilised", the minister said, as reported by Detik.

Suspected attackers arrested by Indonesian police recently have told authorities that they communicated with each other via Telegram and received orders and directions to carry out assaults through the app, including from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian with ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, who is believed to have orchestrated several attacks in the past 18 months from Syria.

The government has tipped an outright ban on social media networks as part of a crackdown on radicalisation and communications among terrorists and criminals online.

Durov claims that he was unaware of the requests and only realised something was wrong when he heard the country would block the app.

It said in a statement that numerous app's public channels contained radical propaganda and terrorism-related content.

"Telegram is heavily encrypted and privacy-oriented, but we're no friends of terrorists", Durov said on his Telegram channel, adding he was "upset" over Indonesia's ban.

As a partial measure, the ministry asked internet companies in the country to block access to 11 addresses offering the web version of Telegram.

Telegram had previously responded to terrorism-related concerns in a May blog post.

"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".

The ministry had also threatened to ban Telegram applications completely unless the company developed better practices for scrubbing illegal content from its platform.

After the Indonesian government blocked access to the service.

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Infiltration, she said, was more "realistic and urgent" and the government should aim to identify and map out ISIS networks on Telegram.

Telegram is a free, non-profit cloud-based instant messaging service founded by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov in 2013.

In December a year ago, police foiled a suicide bomb attack on the State Palace in Jakarta, in which the attackers, according to Jones, coordinated with handlers in Syria to carry out the attack.

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