Telegram is too lax about criminal content, not only the Federal Criminal Police Office finds it. Now the pressure on the controversial messenger is massively increased. Telegram is to be flooded with German deletion requests to illustrate the extent of the problem.
Telegram: BKA wants to flood Messenger with requests
The WhatsApp alternative Telegram has long been criticized for not responding to deletion requests from German authorities. Now the Federal Criminal Police Office wants to increase the pressure and the operators flooded with inquiries and requests for deletion. This is the only way to make the extent clear, according to the authority (source: daily News).
About the requests Telegram be forced to cooperate with German authorities. Corresponding requests are to be transmitted “without exception” in the future. According to the BKA, the operators of the messenger have not been interested in working with German security authorities in the past. Most recently, Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser even suggested a ban on Telegram as a last resort.
After it in Telegram groups too Calls to kill against scientists and politicians had come, Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann had called for tougher action. So far, the messenger has not set up an “easily recognizable reporting path for criminal content”. For this reason, several fine proceedings have already been initiated.
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Telegram: Operators are based in the United Arab Emirates
The Ministry of Justice is now in direct contact with the United Arab Emirates, as the Russian operators of Telegram have registered their headquarters there. The messenger is now given an ultimatum. If the next delivery attempt does not lead to the desired success, then a public delivery follows. After that, fines in the millions can be imposed.