Telegram to act faster on terror content amid ban threat

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"We are forming a dedicated team of moderators with knowledge of Indonesian language and culture to be able to process reports of terrorist-related content more quickly and accurately", Durov wrote in his Telegram channel.

"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.

However, as outlined in its code of conduct, the ICT Ministry can not request a ban or block on any web portal, but instead only processes requests from other government institutions.

Malaysia has no plans to block the use of social media platform Telegram as done by Indonesia recently, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

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National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian told reporters on Sunday that Telegram is a favored application for terrorists and terror sympathizers, due largely to the app's heavily encrypted system that can accommodate up to 10,000 members in individual channels, making it hard for authorities to detect any terrorism-related messaging.

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.

The Communications and Information Ministry's director general of information applications, Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, said the ministry was also looking into the possibility of blocking the mobile phone-based Telegram app.

"Up to now only 50% (of radical content have been filtered out) by social media platform providers".

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But the move sparked a public outcry in Indonesia, with Twitter and Facebook exploding with negative comments and some people reporting they were unable to access the web.telegram.org domain.

Founded in 2013 by Russian brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, the application is a free messaging service that can be used as a smartphone app and on computers through a web interface or desktop messenger.

The address came following an abrupt limiting of messaging service Telegram late last week.

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

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Officials have expressed their willingness to negotiate with Telegram after the app's founder opened a line of communication with the government.

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