Spiegel: Telegram may be blocked in Germany

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Spiegel: Telegram may be blocked in Germany

Telegram in Germany faces a € 55 million fine and a blocking against the general background of the messenger ignoring the requests of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior. The German edition of Der Spiegel writes about this.

The author of the material notes that Telegram is “possibly the most dangerous” messenger in the world, since it is popular with criminals and terrorists and is practically not regulated by the authorities of states.

In particular, in Germany, this attracts “covid dissidents”, right-wing extremists, drug dealers and swindlers, the magazine writes. Attention is drawn to the fact that “you do not need to search a lot to find a” death list “with the names of members of the German parliament.”

“Crimes are openly and explicitly planned and committed on Telegram. The app has become the equivalent of the darknet in your pocket, ”the article says.

In this regard, according to the publication, the German Ministry of Justice requires the platform to become available to the authorities, immediately remove criminal content and actively transfer user data to investigators. In addition, the department intends to fine Telegram € 55 million for not specifying a contact person for the authorities and not proposing a procedure for filing complaints about criminal offenses, as required by German law.

The Federal Office of Justice allegedly sent two letters to Dubai, where the creator of Telegram Pavel Durov is now, ordering a hearing on this issue.

If the company refuses to cooperate, the application may be blocked in Germany, an Interior Ministry official told the publication.

It is noted that Telegram has been installed on 570 million smartphones, and since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the application has become more popular than ever.

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