In­done­sia to lift ban on Tele­gram mes­sage ser­vice over se­cu­rity

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

In­done­sia and en­crypted mes­sag­ing ser­vice Tele­gram have agreed to es­tab­lish bet­ter pro­ce­dures to stamp out dis­tri­bu­tion of ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda on the plat­form, the app’s founder and the com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter said yes­ter­day.

In­done­sia, home to the world’s largest Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion, has seen a resur­gence in home-grown rad­i­cal­ism, and wor­ries about the grow­ing in­flu­ence of ex­trem­ist group Is­lamic State.

Tele­gram is a mes­sag­ing plat­form be­lieved to be pop­u­lar with Is­lamic State sym­pa­thiz­ers, who use cha­t­rooms with hun­dreds of mem­bers, be­sides hold­ing pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions.

In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties blocked ac­cess to some Tele­gram chan­nels last month, say­ing it had sev­eral fo­rums that were “full of rad­i­cal and ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda”.

“We have dis­cussed ways to block pub­licly avail­able pro­pa­ganda of ter­ror­ism on Tele­gram, which is some­thing we have com­mit­ted to do glob­ally, and par­tic­u­larly in In­done­sia,” app founder Pavel Durov told a joint news con­fer­ence with the min­is­ter.

Durov said the two had agreed to set up bet­ter lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, be­cause Tele­gram was not aware of email re­quests from the min­istry to take down some chan­nels. It could take about 24 to 36 hours for the app to shut down pub­lic chan­nels with ter­ror­ism con­tent, but a di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tion line to In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties would al­low it to “shut them down more ef­fi­ciently within sev­eral hours”, he said. Durov has formed a team of In­done­sian speak­ers, he added.

Once a stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure has been agreed, the gov­ern­ment would free up op­er­a­tions of Tele­gram in In­done­sia, said Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ru­di­antara.

“Once all the tech­ni­cal­i­ties are done, we can re­move the block­age,” added the min­is­ter, who uses one name, like many In­done­sians. In­done­sia had blocked 11 of Tele­gram’s Do­main Name Sys­tems(DNS) for its web-based ser­vice on July 14 and these would be re­opened this week, the min­istry said in a state­ment. —Reuters

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.