In­done­sia to Lift Tele­gram App Re­stric­tion

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Jakarta: In­done­sia said on Tues­day it would lift a par­tial block on the pop­u­lar Tele­gram mes­sag­ing ser­vice app af­ter the com­pany agree to speed up the re­moval of ter­ror­ism-re­lated con­tent. Last month the coun­try restricted com­puter ac­cess to Tele­gram be­cause of ma­te­rial re­lated to rad­i­cal­ism and ter­ror­ism, in­clud­ing tips on as­sem­bling bombs and launch­ing at­tacks. The firm’s founder has now promised to move faster to process re­quests to re­move the ma­te­rial and to set up a di­rect line to han­dle such de­mands from the gov­ern­ment. “The time­line (to lift the ban) is this week,” com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­istry of­fi­cial Se­muel Panger­a­pan told re­porters af­ter meet­ing Tele­gram’s founder Pavel Durov. Durov said it could take up to 36 hours to take down ter­ror­ism con­tent in the past, but his firm now aimed to act in a mat­ter of hours af­ter it added In­done­sianspeak­ing mem­bers to its team. AFP

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