Telegram in Germany faces a fine of $55 million and a ban on the general background of ignoring the messenger requests of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior. This is written by the German publication Der Spiegel.
The author of the material notes that Telegram is “probably the most dangerous” messenger in the world since it is popular with criminals and terrorists and is practically not regulated by the authorities of states.
In particular, in Germany, it attracts “covid-dissidents”, right-wing extremists, drug dealers, and scammers, the magazine writes. Attention is drawn to the fact that “you do not need to search much to find a ‘firing list’ with the names of members of the German Parliament”.
“Crimes are openly and explicitly planned and committed in Telegram. The app has become the equivalent of the darknet in your pocket, “ the article says.
In this regard, according to the publication, the German Ministry of Justice requires that the platform become available to the authorities, immediately remove criminal content and actively transfer user data to investigators.
In addition, the agency intends to fine Telegram 55 million for the fact that it did not specify a contact person for the authorities and did not offer a procedure for filing complaints of criminal offenses, as required by German law.
The Federal Department of Justice allegedly sent two letters to Dubai, where the creator of Telegram, Pavel Durov, is now located, ordering a hearing on this issue.
If the company refuses to cooperate, it is possible to block the application in Germany, an official of the Ministry of Internal Affairs told the publication.
It is noted that Telegram has been installed on 570 million smartphones, and since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the application has become more popular than ever.