Telegram Blocks ISIS Channels, New Ones Emerge

Telegram Blocks ISIS Channels, New Ones Emerge
Kutub Uddin Kamal

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The Islamic State or ISIS has been using the supposedly super secure messaging service Telegram to recruit, campaign, and promote their causes and the company has been striving to block the broadcast channels used by the terrorist organization. However, the group seems to be creating new channels at a rapid pace as well.

Telegram, the application that was made two years ago by the founder of Russian social network site Vkontakte, has become popular with people all across the globe and is regarded as one of the most secure ways of uploading and sharing videos, texts, and voice messages. ISIS made it their preferred platform for public broadcast two months ago to broadcast their videos.

Telegram has stated that it identified and blocked 78 IS related broadcast channels in 12 languages on its site. It said “We were disturbed to learn that Telegram’s public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda.”

After the recent Paris attacks that left 129 people dead, the group employed Telegram to unveil to the world that they were the ones responsible for the attack. Earlier, they also took to Telegram to claim responsibility for bombing a Russian airliner over Egypt which cost 224 lives.

Telegram has stated that it identified and blocked 78 IS related broadcast channels in 12 languages on its site. It said “We were disturbed to learn that Telegram’s public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda.”

After the news spread, some IS sites were instantly blocked by Telegram but they again emerged soon in new locations on its network. As many as 16,000 followers were drawn in some of the dozens of channels that have been set up. Although some are no longer available, others seem to be running fine.

Reuters tried to get a comment from Telegram, which did not respond but it was explicitly mentioned on its site that necessary action was being taken to block ISIS.