Telegram Founder Says It Has Taken Down Public Calls For Violence
The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov says his messaging service is enforcing its terms of service and has taken down hundreds of public calls for violence as a result.
Durov reiterated Telegram’s commitment to banning speech that actively incites violence in a public post on the platform. “Telegram welcomes peaceful debate and protest; but our Terms of Service explicitly prohibit distributing public calls to violence. Сivil movements all over the world rely on Telegram in order to stand up for human rights without resorting to inflicting harm,” he wrote.
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Durov says his platform like other US services had seen the same surge in violent threats during the past month. “In early January, the Telegram moderation team started to receive an increased number of reports about US-related public activity on our platform. The team acted decisively by clamping down on US channels that advocated violence. Thanks to these efforts, last week our moderators blocked and shut down hundreds of public calls for violence that could’ve otherwise reached tens of thousands of subscribers,” the post reads.
Telegram has enjoyed increased popularity in recent times because of the controversies surrounding WhatsApps new terms of service. Signal is also another messaging service to benefit from the situation. The surge stretched Signal’s infrastructure so much that it went offline for about 24hours.
The Capitol invasion also increased the pressure on social media companies with calls for stricter moderation. For example, Parler, which did little to moderate the discussions on its platform was taken offline after Amazon kicked it off its web hosting platform. The app is also unavailable for download after Google and Apple kicked it off their respective stores.
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