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Monday, July 17, 2017

Telegram Blocks Terror Content After Indonesia

Telegram blocks terror content after Indonesia threatens ban

Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, can be used to form a team of mediators familiar with Indonesian culture and language to speed up the removal of Indonesian terrorist content, the Indonesian daily co-founder said. .

Pavel Durov, who founded the app in 2013 by his sister Nikolai, told the 40,000 followers of the Telegram that the Indonesian government was not able to respond quickly to requests to block multiple chat channels. I told the application that I did not know the fact, but now I have rectified the situation.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said it is preparing to shut down the Indonesian telegram, which has millions of users, unless it has developed procedures to block illegal content.

As a partial measure, we asked Internet companies in the world's most populous Muslim countries to block access to 11 addresses that provide Web-version telegrams.

Samuel Pangerapan, secretary general of the Ministry of Information Science and Technology, said that the Indonesian army is used as a militant group to recruit troops and to spread the methods and dislike of carrying out attacks such as bomb making.

Suspected militants arrested by Indonesian police have recently communicated with each other through telegraphs and have ordered and ordered to carry out attacks, including the armed Islamic state (IS) group in Indonesia and Bahrun Naim in Indonesia Said. In the past 18 months, I've coordinated several attacks.

Durov said Telegram blocked the channel reported by the Indonesian government at present. "We are a mediator with knowledge of Indonesian culture and language, and we have a dedicated team to handle reports of terrorist content more quickly and accurately," he said.

Indonesia's communications and information technology minister, Rudiantara, said he received an apology from Durov, who had not been clear about several requests since 2016.

"Thanks to Pavel Durov for his response, the ministry will follow the technical details as soon as possible so that standard work procedures can be implemented immediately," said Rudi Anta.

The Indonesian action on the telegram came as the IS-linked militants stepped up efforts to combat radicalism following the capture of Maraji city in southern Philippines.

Nearly two months after the initial attack, the Philippine army is still fighting to take control of the entire city. Experts fear that the United Nations forces will reclaim the IS 's territory in Syria and Iraq, and that the southern Philippines could become a new base for IS, including Indonesia and Malaysian militants returning from the Middle East.

But the government's move has sparked public protests in Indonesia's Twitter and Facebook, which have exploded in negative opinions and reported that some people do not have access to the web.telegram.org domain. Indonesians are the world's largest social media users.

The free messaging service is a smartphone app that you can use on your computer via the web interface or desktop messenger. Strong encryption has been popular with people interested in privacy and secure communications in the digital age, but it has attracted armed groups and other criminal elements.

Durov said Telegram has blocked thousands of IS-related channels a month and is "open to ideas that can always do better.

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