Telegram blocked 64 german channels

Telegram blocked 64 german channels
By Jitendra | 12, Feb 2022

After massive pressure from the federal government on Telegram , the company in Germany is taking action against hatred and hate speech online for the first time. According to information from the Süddeutsche Zeitung , Telegram has blocked a total of 64 channels in the past few days. According to security circles, this also includes that of the anti-Semite and conspiracy ideologist Attila Hildmann. The closure was due to pressure from the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), it said. The BKA sent a corresponding extinguisher search to Telegram. A total of 64 have now been taken into account.

Further details of the contacts between Telegram and the federal government became known on Friday. According to the information, there was a second working-level meeting between the government and Telegram on Thursday. The government and the company wanted to "continue to be in close contact," it said after the talks. Company founder Pavel Durov already promised this in the first meeting he took part in himself.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser made it clear that she wants to take further action in the Telegram case. "On Telegram we are constantly experiencing new waves of hatred and threats against people and against our democracy," she told SZ. "We act quickly and consistently against this." She will continue to urge the company to meet its responsibilities and legal obligations, she said. "Telegram must no longer be an accelerator for right-wing extremists, conspiracy ideologues and other agitators. Death threats and other dangerous hate mail must be deleted and have clear criminal consequences." The interior minister sees the deletion as a success of the weeks of pressure on Telegram. "The Federal Criminal Police Office has significantly intensified the investigations. From day one in office, I put pressure on me to get Telegram to cooperate. This pressure is working."


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