By Agence France-Presse
Indonesia has blocked web-based entry to a well-liked messaging service and threatened a full ban on the app due to its “terrorism” content, the federal government mentioned.
The communications ministry mentioned in a press release that “so many channels in the (Telegram) service contain radicalism and terrorism… encouragement and tips to assemble bombs or launch attacks” that it wanted to block it.
The partial ban got here because the nation suffered from a string of assaults, together with one carried out by a person police mentioned was radicalised after studying radical materials on Telegram.
The authorities has to this point bocked solely entry to the app through laptop, however is making ready to impose a full ban.
“We are now preparing a process to close down Telegram app in full throughout Indonesia if Telegram does not come up with a standard operating procedure to handle law-violating contents,” the communications ministry mentioned in a press release issued late Friday.
In June, a lone wolf attacker stabbed two police officers in a mosque. Police mentioned the person had no hyperlinks to militant teams however had been radicalised by materials he learn on Telegram.
Telegram is a free Russian-designed messaging app that lets individuals change messages, pictures and movies in teams of up to 5,000. It has attracted about 100 million customers since its launch in 2013.
The app has come beneath fireplace in Russia after the state communications watchdog threatened to ban it in June, saying the corporate behind the service had failed to submit firm particulars for registration.
Russia’s FSB safety company additionally mentioned Telegram was utilized by these behind April’s Saint Petersburg metro bombing.
Telegram CEO, Pavel Durov, mentioned the agency will examine the Indonesia charges.
“We have never received any requests/complaints from the Indonesian government,” Durov mentioned on Twitter.(AFP)