BERLIN: Messenger service Telegram, which has proved standard with far-right teams and other people against COVID-related restrictions, has blocked 64 of its channels in Germany, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday, with out giving a supply for the data.
The transfer got here after Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office despatched shutdown requests to the messenger service, the paper stated.
Telegram has been blamed in Germany for fueling an more and more virulent subculture of anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists who trade information about supposed risks and prepare protests which have spilled over into violence.
The newspaper stated the channels affected included that of Attila Hildmann, a vegan celeb chef who spreads conspiracy theories in regards to the coronavirus to greater than 100,000 followers on the messaging service.
Germany’s Interior Ministry, which stated final week it had held constructive talks with Telegram representatives, was not instantly obtainable for touch upon the report. Telegram didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The Telegram app has develop into more and more standard with activists and protesters, particularly as platforms reminiscent of Facebook develop into extra aware of authorities strain to crack down on these spreading lies, threats or conspiracy theories.
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser had stated in remarks printed final month that Germany may shut down Telegram and that it was discussing with its companions within the European Union easy methods to regulate the messenger service.