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Malaysia won't block access to Telegram: DPM

Malaysia won't block access to Telegram: DPM

Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov has sent a letter to the Indonesian government offering three solutions to the country's plan to block the app.

Durov, who with his brother Nikolai launched Telegram four years ago, told his followers that he was not aware of Indonesia's request to block several chat groups on which radicals are active.

In his announcement, he explained that officials at the Ministry of Communication and IT in Indonesia had emailed Telegram a list of public channels with terrorism-related content in Telegram but the list wasn't processed quickly enough.

"Telegram is heavily-encrypted and privacy-oriented, but we're no friends of terrorists", he said.

The web version of the messaging service can no longer be accessed in the archipelago, with preparations to also shut down the application if the company does not prepare standard operating procedures, the government said.

"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.

Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.




Telegram is a free Russian-designed messaging app that lets people exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000.

Unlike rival messenger service WhatsApp which reportedly provided data to Australian police and intelligence officials 657 times past year in its effort to fight terrorism, Telegram has refused to immediately comply with the Iranian government's request to restrict some of its bots and sticker packs as well as access to Iranian users private chats.

Samuel Pangerapan, the director general of informatics applications at the ministry, said the app is used to recruit Indonesians into armed groups and to spread hate and methods for carrying out attacks including bomb making.

"It made me upset to hear that the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and IT suggested they would have to block Telegram in Indonesia".

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

"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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