Telegram has blocked and disabled hundreds of public calls for violence in channels related to events in the United States and myfreemp3, the owner of the messenger, Pavel Durov, said.
“In early January, Telegram’s team of moderators began to receive more and more messages of public activity on our platform related to the US. The team acted decisively to suppress American channels promoting violence. Thanks to these efforts, our moderators blocked and disabled hundreds of public calls for violence last week. that could otherwise reach tens of thousands of subscribers, “Durov said in his telegram channel.
Durov added that the Telegram team “continues to process messages from users, and also actively removes content that directly incites violence.”
He thanked “everyone who reported on public channels that crossed the line.” “Keep it up! We appreciate every report you make. Telegram welcomes political debate from all sides of the political spectrum, but will act quickly to stop those who incite people to harm others,” he wrote.
According to him, “the last two weeks the world has been following the events in the United States with concern.” Despite the US accounting for less than 2% of the messenger’s user base, Telegram “is also monitoring the situation closely.”
“Telegram welcomes peaceful debate and protests, but our Terms of Service expressly prohibit disseminating public incitement to violence. Over the past 7 years, we have consistently applied this rule around the world, from Belarus and Iran to Thailand and Hong Kong. Civil movements around the world rely on on Telegram in order to defend human rights without resorting to harm, “- said the owner of the messenger.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the West is discussing the possibility of blocking the Telegram messenger. “I have already heard that Telegram has been threatened to deprive it of the opportunity to provide its services. It will be interesting,” Lavrov said at a press conference on Monday.
The Telegram messenger began to gain popularity after changing the rules for processing personal data of users of the WhatsApp messenger and blocking the account of US President Donald Trump on Twitter and other social networks on January 11 due to messages on the day of the storming of the Capitol. They, according to the management of the services, could provoke violence. The removal of the Parler service from the AppStore and GooglePlay, in which radical supporters of the American president actively gathered, also played a role.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders of states started official Telegram accounts. There is no official Trump account on it yet. As Durov reported on January 12, over the past 72 hours, the number of messenger users has increased by 25 million people. In total, it has more than 0.5 billion regular monthly users.
On January 6, supporters of Donald Trump stormed the building of Congress in Washington DC, killing at least five people as a result of the riots. Congressmen in the Capitol at that time were engaged in approving the results of the electoral college, according to which Joe Biden became the winner of the presidential election. The session of the Congress was interrupted, some of the congressmen were evacuated. When order was restored to the Capitol, the House of Representatives and the US Senate approved Biden’s victory.