Messaging app Telegram to block terror channels
On July 14, Indonesia's
The country claimed that Telegram had been used to promote radicalism and to give instructions for carrying out attacks.
The firm's founder said he was "upset" by the move.
In a note posted to his Telegram followers,
"Telegram is heavily encrypted and privacy-oriented, but we're no friends of terrorists -- in fact, every month we block thousands of IS (
Globally, Telegram has played a central role in IS's communication strategy, in part because of a channel feature that lets users broadcast to an unlimited number of other users, according to cyber experts.
Although channels are routinely shut down, IS operatives set up lots of replica channels, which repeat or mirror the same content.