No plans to ban Telegram in Malaysia, says DPM Zahid

Indonesia has asked internet companies to block access to 11 web addresses for Telegram

"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 was responding to questions about the Indonesian government's decision to block all access to Telegram, following revelations that several forums hosted on the application were "full of radical and terrorist propaganda".

The Communications and Information Ministry's director general of information applications, Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, said the ministry was also looking into the possibility of blocking the mobile phone-based Telegram app.

It said in a statement that numerous app's public channels contained radical propaganda and terrorism-related content.

The day after the app was officially banned, Indonesia's IT Minister Rudiantara aptly appeared at an anti-radicalism event at Universitas Padjajaran in Bandung, where he spoke of the possibility of all social media services meeting the same fate as Telegram in Indonesia should they fail to heed the government's request to filter out radical content.

"I am personally a big fan of Indonesia - I've been there a few times and have many friends there".

Unlike rival messenger service WhatsApp which reportedly provided data to Australian police and intelligence officials 657 times previous year in its effort to fight terrorism, Telegram has refused to immediately comply with the Iranian government's request to restrict some of its bots and sticker packs as well as access to Iranian users private chats.

The ministry previously requested Internet service providers block access to 11 domain name systems of Telegram, while the app's desktop version can no longer be accessed.

As of July 14, Telegram has banned 3,169 Islamic State-related bots and channels in the first two weeks of this month alone.

Pavel Durov, Telegram's founder, in a tweet on Friday called the block "strange".

Telegram is a free Russian-designed messaging app that lets people exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000.

Telegram, which blocks thousands of ISIL-related channels a month, "always open to ideas on how to get better at this", Mr Durov said.

By November 2015, Telegram administrators announced that it had blocked 78 public channels believed to be operated by the Islamic State for spreading propaganda and communications. He noted a 22-year-old terror suspect had found instructions for building a rice cooker bomb online.

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