Messenger service Telegram, which has proved in style with far-right teams and folks against COVID-related restrictions, has blocked 64 of its channels in Germany, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday, with out giving a supply for the knowledge. The transfer got here after Germany’s Federal Prison Police Workplace despatched shutdown requests to the messenger service, the paper mentioned.
Telegram has been blamed in Germany for fuelling an more and more virulent subculture of anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists who alternate information about supposed risks and prepare protests which have spilled over into violence.
The newspaper mentioned 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 Inside Ministry, which mentioned final week it had held constructive talks with Telegram representatives, was not instantly out there for touch upon the report. Telegram didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The Telegram app has grow to be more and more in style with activists and protesters, particularly as platforms reminiscent of Fb grow to be extra conscious of authorities strain to crack down on these spreading lies, threats or conspiracy theories.
Inside Minister Nancy Faeser had mentioned in remarks revealed final month that Germany might shut down Telegram and that it was discussing with its companions within the European Union the right way to regulate the messenger service.
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