The Paris attacks started a debate over encrypted apps, whether high levels of privacy are acceptable or not. Is the Telegram app being used by ISIS to communicate?
News is that the terrorist group is encouraging followers to use Telegram as it comes with a feature that automatically destroys messages after a certain time period. It also allows users to send messages to groups of up to 200 members. The app is used by over 50 million people, and unfortunately, the jihadists are some of them. According to NBC News, the Middle East Media Research Institute released a report before the Paris attacks happened. The report talks about the terrorist organization’s way of sharing information, which includes:
i. Tutorials on weapon manufacturing
ii. Launching cyber attacks
After knowing the issue, Telegram said, “We were disturbed to learn that Telegram’s public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda.” The company also said that it was “introducing an easier way for users to report objectionable content in the upcoming update of Telegram this week.” NBC News also reported that the app has now “shut down 78 channels related to the terrorist group.”
It’s time that every communication channel, especially ones that run encrypted messaging apps, introduce strategies to track suspicious users and take action whenever needed. This will also help legal authorities question or arrest the users in question. For more news and stories on the Paris attacks, click here.