Indonesia will block the Telegram Application, as many negative messages are found to be in conflict with Indonesian laws and regulations. Among other things, the propaganda of radicalism, terrorism, hatred, invitation or how to assemble bombs, how to conduct attacks, images indecent, and others.
Minister of Communications and Information Indonesia, Rudiantara said it in Jakarta, Friday (14/07/2017). Rudiantara has checked in Telegram there are 17 thousand pages containing terrorism, radicalism, making bombs, and others. “So it should be blocked because we are anti-radicalism,” said Rudiantara.
The findings, said Rudiantara, were conveyed to TNI Commander Gatot Nurmantyo, National Police Chief Tito Karnavian, and Chief of Staff of Presidency, Teten Masduki and immediately executed the blocking of Telegram. Rudianta has prepared the process of closing the Telegram application thoroughly if Telegram does not prepare Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for handling unlawful content.
Rudiantara asked the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to terminate access (blocking) of Telegram’s 11 Domain Name System (DNS). The eleventh DNS are 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.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the government had been paying attention to the Telegram media until finally decided to be blocked. This is to maintain the security of the country, and the security of the Indonesian people.
Telegram CEO Pavel Durov acknowledged the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information has sent e-mails to Telegram several times and mentioned a number of public channels in Telegram suspected of being linked to terrorist content. “Our team can not process the matter immediately. Unfortunately, I was not aware of a number of these requests, which led to miscommunication with the Ministry, ” Durov said.