Telegram is now Blocked in Indonesia

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The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on July 14, 2017, has asked the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to terminate access (blocking) to Telegram’s 11 Domain Name System (DNS). This blocking must be done because the many channels in the service are charged with the propaganda of radicalism, terrorism, hatred, invitation or how to assemble bombs, how to attack, disturbing images, and others that are contrary to Indonesian laws and regulations.

The 11 DNS controls are blocked as follows: t.me, telegram.me, telegram.org, core.telegram.org, desktop.telegram.org, macos.telegram.org, web.telegram.org, Venus.web. Telegram.org, pluto.web.telegram.org, flora.web.telegram.org, and flora-1.web.telegram.org. The impact of this blocking is the inaccessibility of the web version Telegram service (not accessible via computer).

“We are also currently preparing for the complete closure of Telegram applications in Indonesia if Telegram does not prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for handling unlawful content in their applications. This step is done as an effort to maintain the unity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) “said Director General of Informatics Applications Samuel A. Pangerapan.

Furthermore, this Telegram application can endanger the security of the country because it does not provide SOP in the handling of terrorism cases.

The Director General of Aptika also affirmed that in carrying out the duties as mandated by Article 40 of Law no. 19 of 2016 on the Amendment of Law No.11 The year 2008 on Information and Electronic Transactions, Kemkominfo always coordinate with State institutions and other law enforcement agencies in handling the blocking of content that violates Indonesian law regulations.

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