Telegram: After threat of shutdown – Interior Minister Faeser rows back

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Nancy Faeser (SPD), Federal Minister of the Interior and Homeland (archive image) © Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

Interior Minister Faeser is now making it clear once again what she really meant by her statements about Telegram. “Increasing the pressure” is the goal.

Berlin – Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) has distanced herself from her threat to have the Messenger service Telegram blocked in the event of further violations of German laws. “Of course it’s not my goal to switch off Telegram,” Faeser said on Thursday Hessian radio. With her shutdown threat in an interview two weeks ago, her main concern was “to increase the pressure”.

Faeser had in the weekly newspaper The time calling a shutdown of Telegram the “ultima ratio”. She now told HR-Info that at the time she had only “tightened the pace” towards Telegram “a little bit” in order to get the service to take action when it came to death threats, hatred and hate speech.

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Switch off telegram? Interior Minister Faeser takes a new position after the threat

According to the security authorities, Telegram is increasingly becoming a medium of radicalization. Politicians and experts from science and medicine who are publicly involved in overcoming the corona pandemic are particularly affected. In mid-December, the police searched objects belonging to members of a chat group who had murder plans against Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) on Telegram.

The federal government wants to get Telegram to take decisive action against hatred and hate speech. However, the company is difficult to get hold of for the German authorities. Founded by a Russian, the company is based in Dubai. Telegram did not react to two fine warnings sent in April last year.

Everyone can do something against hate speech online – you can read about what, for example, here. (AFP/cibo)

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