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Southeast Asia
Telegram blocks terror content after Indonesia threatens ban
2017-07-17
The company's response to this story from yesterday
[DAWN] The encrypted messaging app Telegram is forming a team of moderators who are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove "terrorist-related content" faster, its co-founder said Sunday, after Indonesia limited access to the app and threatened a total ban.

Pavel Durov, who with his brother Nikolai founded the app in 2013, said in a message to his 40,000 followers on Telegram that he'd 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.

The Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said Friday that it was preparing for the total closure of Telegram in Indonesia, where it has several million users if it didn't develop procedures to block unlawful content.

As a partial measure, it asked internet companies in the world's most populous Moslem nation to block access to 11 addresses offering the web version of Telegram.

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

Suspected murderous Moslems tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
by Indonesian police recently have told authorities that they communicated with each other via Telegram and received orders and directions to carry out attacks through the app, including from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian with the bully boy Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group in Syria accused of orchestrating several attacks in the past 18 months.

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