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Jakarta, In­done­sia - In­done­sia has blocked web­based ac­cess to a pop­u­lar mes­sag­ing ser­vice and threat­ened a full ban on the app due to its ‘ter­ror­ism’ con­tent, the gov­ern­ment said. The com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­istry said in a state­ment that ‘so many chan­nels in the (Tele­gram) ser­vice con­tain rad­i­cal­ism and ter­ror­ism...and tips to as­sem­ble bombs or launch at­tacks’.

The par­tial ban came as the coun­try suf­fered from a string of at­tacks, in­clud­ing one car­ried out by a man po­lice said was rad­i­calised af­ter read­ing ma­te­rial on Tele­gram. The gov­ern­ment has so far bocked only ac­cess to the app via com­puter, but is pre­par­ing to im­pose a full ban.

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