OM closes inflammatory Telegram channels

On Monday, on behalf of the Public Prosecution Service in The Hague, the police closed two ‘incendiary’ conspiracy channels Batavian Republic and Batavian News on the online messaging service Telegram. As far as we know, it is the first time that the Public Prosecution Service has taken that step.

The channels have been featured in criminal investigations for some time. Since last May, several suspects have been convicted for posting threats, inflammatory and defamatory messages, or referencing other channels with criminal content on these channels. The channels had more than 13,000 members at the time of shutdown.

The reason was the announcement that a new channel would post videos with threatening, inflammatory and defamatory content. This new channel was advertised in Batavian Republic and Batavian News. The members of those channels could therefore become acquainted with the punishable content. The new channel has been taken offline.

Telegram Messenger has long seemed like a haven for rioters as the originally Russian channel hardly moderates. It is not known whether Telegram cooperated with the closure.

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Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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