Under pressure from the German authorities, the Telegram messenger has blocked 64 channels that incite hatred or contain threats of violence in the past few days. resource reported. Southgerman newspaper with reference to sources in power structures.
On Friday it became known that on Thursday, February 10, the second virtual working meeting between representatives of Telegram and the federal government took place, during which the parties agreed to keep in touch. It is reported that the company’s founder, Pavel Durov, was present at the first negotiations, who confirmed the company’s intention to work in close contact with the country’s authorities.
German authorities have repeatedly raised concerns that the messenger has become a haven for conspiracy theorists and hate preachers. Opponents of the restrictions imposed due to the spread of the coronavirus shared information and coordinated their actions and published posts with threats against politicians, in violation of the country’s legislation.
To make matters worse, the company has no official representative or point of contact in the country to communicate with regulators and respond to violations of the law in a timely manner. Due to the lack of reaction to the authorities’ appeals to remove illegal content and the lack of authorized persons, the Federal Office of Justice has initiated two investigations against Telegram, in which the messenger faces a fine of up to 55 million euros.
Earlier, German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser allowed Telegram to be blocked for failing to respond to government orders to remove illegal content. After the second meeting she said so “Telegram should no longer be an accelerator for right-wing extremists, conspiracy theorists and other agitators”.