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Justice Minister Demands EU-Wide Action Against Telegram

Germany’s Minister of Justice, Marco Buschmann, has called for an EU-wide effort to regulate the content on Telegram.

Germany’s Federal Minister of Justice, Marco Buschmann, has called for an EU-wide effort to effectively censor Telegram users or ban the application altogether. Although he did not explicitly threaten a blanket ban, he said that compliance with his demands, in this proposal, would result in uninterrupted access to the European market. Telegram is headquartered in Dubai.

Buschmann said that an EU-wide effort would force Telegram to acknowledge government demands. “When dealing with the [Islamic State], it was possible in this way that the channels of the terrorist organization were simply turned off.”

A picture of Germany's Federal Minister of Justice, Marco Buschmann.

Germany's Federal Minister of Justice, Marco Buschmann.

“What is spread on Telegram is disgusting, indecent, and criminal,” he said last week in a Tagesthemen broadcast.

In February 2022, social media platforms will be required to report criminal or so-called “extremist” content to law enforcement. Messaging applications are exempt from this requirement. Telegram is considered a messaging application. Buschmann said there should not be a “blanket exemption for messengers” and wanted to eliminate this “loophole.”

The push to impose restrictive demands on Telegram is echoed by other government figures in Germany. Some, including Saxony’s Interior Minister Roland Wöller, have cited Telegram’s “unbelievable power of mobilization” and “anonymity” as reasons behind the push for new legislation. Others have pointed to the widespread use of Telegram by drug vendors and their customers. A Federal Criminal Police Office press release called Telegram an “alternative to trading platforms on the darknet.”

A picture of A Telegram bot selling LSD | Vice

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Many, if not most, government figures and government-aligned establishment fixtures involved in the fight against Telegram have referenced the “conspiracy theorists, criminals, and right-wing extremists” who use the platform.

To that end, Belarus is one step ahead of Germany when it comes to preventing these omnipresent extremists from using any social media platform or messaging service. Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s government has strict laws against extremist actions, including the act of subscribing to the largest Telegram channel in Belarus, the independent news outlet Nexta Live!, among many others. The Belarusian Association of Journalists claims that the government in Belarus is “using anti-extremism legislation to illegally restrict freedom of speech.” (Which is something nobody could have expected.) This seems like the logical conclusion of such legislation in any country, including Germany.

Eventually, the government will run out of things to slap with the extremist label.


I should add as a footnote that Germany seems very strong on encryption right now. It appeared in 2020 as if they were headed in an Australian direction (backdoors) and then reversed course. So they have that going for them I guess.

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ec6dd240 Wed, Dec 22, 2021

Always smashing down with the allmighty hammer of the state, never looking into preventory action. Why are things the way they are right now? It's not like they don't know why. Get aids dipshits. Everyone knows 90% of the worlds issues would be over if you weren't such greedy and power hungry little jews.

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484a2750 Fri, Dec 24, 2021

You could do deals over mobile phones too so I think they should be banned.

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f3307920 Wed, Dec 22, 2021

Always smashing down with the allmighty hammer of the state, never looking into preventory action. Why are things the way they are right now? It's not like they don't know why. Get aids dipshits. Everyone knows 90% of the worlds issues would be over if you weren't such greedy and power hungry little jews.

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31a9ae50 Wed, Dec 22, 2021

White fluff and neddle point are 2 different types of LSD crystal's

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85641240 Fri, Dec 24, 2021

That LSD robot could be a little more friendly, so cold and straight to business. Wonder who that guy on the blotter is, pretty radical dude…

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3f8129a0 Sat, Dec 25, 2021

Yea? Well I demand the justice minister suck my dick.

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6f164a30 Tue, Dec 28, 2021

clowns

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5fd93eb0 Tue, Dec 28, 2021

German politicians: “NOOOOO, YOU CANNOT JUST CRITICIZE US ON TELEGRAM. SHUT IT DOWN!!!!”

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da052fe0 Wed, Dec 29, 2021

bullshit, now theyre trying to go after shiny flakes shop on telegram as well... motherf**kers!

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c7a611b0 Thu, Dec 30, 2021

Ruddy bastards. The right to open, and private communication has to be preserved

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869d0bc0 Fri, Jan 7, 2022

buddy gotta get extorted tf, he trippin

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5f6f3470 Mon, Jan 10, 2022

It is becoming all too common for more of this censorship around the globe. All the wrong leaders have been inserted in place for last few decades and this is the effects. Time the people take back the land power 2the people

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521f9800 Tue, Jan 18, 2022

What a retarded loser. clear attempt to try and push people into using insecure communications so alphabet boys can spy on them.

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