Indonesia restricts Telegram app over 'terrorism' content

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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. It is not yet clear which government agency or ministry made the initial request to the ministry to block access to Telegram's web portal.

On Sunday, the founder of the free encrypted messaging app, Pavel Durov, posted on his Telegram channel that the company has removed "all terrorist-related public channels" previously reported by Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and IT.

It said in a statement that numerous app's public channels contained radical propaganda and terrorism-related content.

The ministry's director general of information applications, Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, said it was preparing for the complete shutdown of Telegram in Indonesia if it does not come up with methods to block the unlawful content.

Web-based Telegram was blocked in Indonesia as the government found some of its users promote radicalism and terrorism in the web.

On Saturday, communications minister Rudiantara said that Telegram had not processed the government's requests to take down "radical" content quickly enough.

Many of Telegram's early adopters are from Indonesia.

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"It may indeed seem tempting to simply ban end-to-end encryption to stop terrorists from exchanging coded messages".

Durov said Telegram blocks thousands of ISIL-related channels a month and is "always open to ideas on how to get better at this".

In December previous year, police foiled a suicide bomb attack on the State Palace in Jakarta, in which the attackers, according to Jones, coordinated with handlers in Syria to carry out the attack. ISIS has been linked to a spate of suicide bombings in the capital city, Jakarta.

The ICT Ministry announced on Friday it was blocking access to the heavily encrypted platform on concerns that it was being used to spread "radical and terrorist propaganda" in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. In 2002, attacks on the tourist island of Bali killed 202 people and wounded more than 300 - the worst act of terror in the country's history.

But analyst with the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) Nava Nuraniyah said it will create more challenges.

"To fix the situation, we will implement three solutions", Durov said on Sunday.

"But we're no friends of terrorists", he added.

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