Telegram Messaging App Goes After ISIS By Shutting Down 78 Channels

Telegram App and ISIS

The Telegram messaging app has blocked 78 ISIS-related channels across 12 languages, the company announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day Business Pundit reported that Telegram, with its double-layer of protection, was being adopted quickly by ISIS members located around the world.

The Berlin-based startup claims to be “faster and more secure” than its competitor WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook.

In a statement Wednesday Telegram addressed the issue: “Our mission is to provide a secure means of communication that works everywhere on the planet. In order to do that…we have to process legitimate requests to take down illegal public content (sticker sets, bots, and channels) within the app.”

Private communications are still protected. Users can turn to a private chat to security send messages to friends. Those messages can include pictures and files. Users can also create group chats with up to 200 members. Users can also opt into “special secret chats” that allow messages, photos, and videos to self-destruct.

Some groups sympathetic to ISIS were already reporting that they had set up new channels.

ISIS broadcasts its messages to the app’s “channels” which are devoted to a variety of topics.

It was on an official ISIS channel that the group said the┬áParis attacks would be the “first of the storm.”

“They [Telegram] started their war on #IslamicState…be careful and from now on nothing is save [sic] to use,” one Telegram user posted on an ISIS-channel after Telegram started going after ISIS created channels.