Telegram Blocks Dozens Of ISIS-Related Channels For The First Time

November 18, 2015

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Telegram Channels have recently become a hotbed of ISIS and other jihadi activity (see Cyber Jihad Lab report, Jihadis Shift To Using Secure Communication App Telegram’s Channel Service, October 29, 2015)

On November 18, 2015, the official Twitter account for the messaging app Telegram announced that it had blocked 78 ISIS-related channels operating in 12 different languages. In responses to questions about the blocks, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said that only public channels had been blocked, and that Telegram does not intercept or monitor private communications.

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Jihadi accounts on Twitter shared news of the blocks