Popular encrypted messenger application Telegram has confirmed that it has blocked 78 ISIS-related public channels across 12 languages on its network.
Following bad press about its encrypted messaging app being used by extremists of the Islamic State, Telegram has announced the shutting down of 78 ISIS-related public channels. The company noted that the public channels used by ISIS to spread propaganda were shut down following a careful review of user reports identifying such channels.
This week we blocked 78 ISIS-related channels across 12 languages. More info on our official channel: https://t.co/69Yhn2MCrK
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A recent article by Alex Rad (@defendtheworld) and Juliano Rizzo (@julianor) provides details on an alleged weakness in the Telegram (@Telegram) application. GigaOM writer David Meyer (@superglaze) dug into the story, then later had to make some small corrections.
British prime minister David Cameron suggested that he will outright ban encrypted communications because they cannot be read by security services. “I think we cannot allow modern forms of communication to be exempt from the ability, in extremis, with a warrant signed by the home secretary, to be exempt from being listened to,” Cameron said to ITV News on Sunday. “That is my very clear view and if I am prime minister after the next election I will make sure we legislate accordingly.”