Encrypted Communication App Telegram Shuts Down ISIS Accounts

In the wake of the November 13th Paris terrorist attacks, Telegram shut down 78 public channels being used to share ISIS-related content through its platform amid ongoing debate over the use and misuse of encryption technology. Although Twitter began blocking ISIS-related accounts early this year, Telegram has been known for its hardline stance in favor of freedom of speech and user privacy (even if those users may be terrorists) and has only recently taken action to block accounts. Telegram’s channel feature, used to broadcast to large audiences, was only implemented in September. CEO Pavel Durov had the following to say about the move, distinguishing between private communication and public broadcasting: “Our policy is simple: privacy is paramount. Public channels, however, have nothing to do with privacy. ISIS public channels will be blocked.” More information can be found on Telegram’s official channel.