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Telegram blocks 'terror' content after Indonesia threat by Noblex: 5:11 am On Jul 17, 2017

The encrypted messaging company Telegram says it is forming a team of moderators who are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove "terrorist-related content" faster.

Pavel Durov, who, with his brother Nikolai, founded the app in 2013, said in a message on Sunday to his 40,000 followers on Telegram that he had been unaware of a failure to quickly respond to an Indonesian government request to block a number of offending channels - chat groups on the app - but was now rectifying the situation.

Indonesia's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on Friday said it was preparing for the total closure of Telegram in Indonesia, where it has several million users, if it did not develop procedures to block unlawful content.

Samuel Pangerapan, the director general of informatics applications at the ministry, said the app is used to recruit Indonesians into armed groups and to spread hate and methods for carrying out attacks including bomb making.

Suspected attackers arrested by Indonesian police recently have told authorities that they communicated with each other through Telegram and received orders and directions to carry out assaults through the app, including from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS) group, who is believed to have orchestrated several attacks in the past 18 months from Syria.

Durov said Telegram has now blocked the channels that were reported to it by the Indonesian government.

"We are forming a dedicated team of moderators with knowledge of Indonesian culture and language to be able to process reports of terrorist-related content more quickly and accurately," he said.

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