Tele­gram Back On­line Af­ter Min­istry Spat

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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.

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