Telegram Back Online After Ministry Spat
A short-lived partial ban on messaging app Telegram has been lifted, after the Russian founder visited the Minister of Communication and Information Technology in Jakarta.
Pavel Durov made the visit in the wake of a partial ban of the popular app sparked backlash against both the app and the Indonesian government online.
Citing an unwillingness to remove radicalised and pro-Islamic State content from the app despite requests, the ministry blocked partial access to the app in late
July. Durov immediately intervened, claiming it had been a breakdown in communication rather than a deliberate ignoring of the request.
After the Jakarta meeting, Durov said the app, which once took 36 hours to remove reported content, will now respond much faster, according to a report from Agence France Presse.
Telegram was launched in 2013 and now boasts millions of users across the world. The app’s encryption means it has become the messenger app of choice for terror cells.