Germany threatens Telegram with millions in fines and bans

German Minister of Justice Marko Bushman announced “millions” of fines for Telegram Messenger for violating German law and reminded that the company must designate a person to contact the authorities in the country and provide a mechanism for informing about illegal content.

“Our laws also apply to Telegram. According to them, Telegram should appoint a contact person in Germany and create an easily recognizable way to inform about illegal content. “Since these obligations have been violated, we have initiated many sentencing procedures,” Bushman said.

He mentioned that the German authorities regularly contact the UAE authorities, where the headquarters of the Telegram are located.

“In case the next attempt to deliver a warning (about a violation) fails, the next step will be a public warning. After that, we will be able to impose a fine. “Our laws provide for millions in fines,” Bushman added.

Bushman also referred to the cases of threats to the authorities that have been reported on the social network in recent weeks. The threats, according to media reports, were recently made in the “covid dissident” companies.

Earlier, German Interior Minister Nancy Fezer called for a stricter policy towards cases of hate speech in the Telegram. She mentioned that Telegram channels, through which information can be distributed to subscribers, fall under the norms of the German law on network security, which implies the obligation to remove illegal content.

She said that the option of shutting down the Telegram in Germany cannot be ruled out, but that other measures should be tried before that.

The topic of banning the Telegram has been current in Germany for some time. The Telegram is accused in Germany of encouraging a subculture of conspiracy theorists against vaccination who spread news about the alleged dangers of vaccines and organize violent protests. The app, which says it is not subject to “government censorship”, has become increasingly popular among activists and protesters, especially as platforms such as Facebook become increasingly vulnerable to government pressure to crack down on those who spread lies, threats or conspiracy theories.

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