Controversial messaging service Telegram has pledged to put an end to terrorist-related activity following the Indonesian government’s decision to limit access to the platform.
The country’s Ministry of Communication and IT blocked access to the web version of telegram and has warned that it may stop people accessing the app altogether.
Indonesia’s decision follows claims that Telegram has been used as a platform to promote radical ideologies and may be used to give specific instructions for carrying out a terrorist attack.
Pavel Duroy, founder of the service, has said he is “upset” by the decision, but emphasised the commitment of both himself and his company to combat the offensive content. Duroy said that a team of moderators would be formed, with the aim of removing radical content as quick as possible.
“Telegram is heavily encrypted and privacy-oriented, but we’re no friends of terrorists – in fact, every month we block thousands of ISIS-related public channels,” Mr Duroy added.
The Indonesian government were called into action by increasing levels of concern over the Islamic State’s burgeoning popularity in the region.
Islamic State has already claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in Indonesia this year.
Telegram has become associated with the terrorist organisation, with the platform becoming the primary source of communication for the group due to the ability to communicate with an unlimited number of users.
Currently, although channels are shut down often, IS operatives often use replica channels to repeat the content posted.