Telegram App Won't Be Banned In M'sia: DPM

Telegram App Won't Be Banned In M'sia: DPM

Telegram App Won't Be Banned In M'sia: DPM

"I am personally a big fan of Indonesia - I've been there a few times and have many friends there".

Encrypted messaging service Telegram bows to pressure after ministry warning of ban on app used by suspected fighters.

The Russian entrepreneur said Telegram responded to the ICT Ministry to set up a direct channel of communication to allow both sides to work "more efficiently on identifying and blocking terrorist propaganda in the future".

"The government has long observed Telegram and we are a country that prioritises the safety of our nation, our people", Indonesia's President Joko Widodo was quoted as saying on Sunday.

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Rudiantara added that such a hypothetical ban would come in phases instead of an immediate total ban.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this while commenting on the Indonesian government's recent ban of Telegram over terrorism-related security concerns.

The ministry said it has asked internet companies in Indonesia, which has the highest Muslim population in the world, to bar access of 11 addresses the web version of the platform is used in.

Its strong encryption has contributed to its popularity with those concerned about privacy and secure communications in the digital era but also attracted armed groups and other criminal elements.

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

"We have never received any requests/complaints from the Indonesian government", Durov said on Twitter.

He said Telegram did not have a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the handling of contents related to terrorism.

Lastly, a dedicated team of moderators with knowledge of the Indonesian language and culture will process reports of terrorist-related content more quickly and accurately. Experts fear the southern Philippines could become a new base for ISIL, including Indonesian and Malaysian militants returning from the Middle East, as an global coalition retakes territory held by the extremist group in Syria and Iraq.

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By November 2015, Telegram administrators announced that it had blocked 78 public channels believed to be operated by the Islamic State for spreading propaganda and communications.

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