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Kenny Thornton | 17 July, 2017, 16:03

Telegram had too much content promoting radicalism, extremism and "hatred belief" and needed to be blocked to safeguard the "integrity" of the republic, Indonesia's communication ministry announced on Friday.

Telegram, he added, had "several million" users in Indonesia.

The partial ban came as the country suffered from a string of attacks, including one carried out by a man police said was radicalised after reading radical material on Telegram.

Globally, Telegram has played a central role in IS's communication strategy, in part because of a channel feature that lets users broadcast to an unlimited number of other users, according to cyber experts.

"Unfortunately I was unaware of that request, causing miscommunication with the ministry".

Durov said Telegram has now blocked the channels that were reported to it by the Indonesian government.

"Monitoring by the ministry has so far found no criminal elements, recruitment or fund collection for terrorism activities in the application (Telegram)", he said after attending a Hari Raya open house event at Jakel Mall, here today.

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Indonesia said it will block the app if it continues to be a platform for radical propaganda and violent militants.

The web version of the messaging service can no longer be accessed in the archipelago, with preparations to also shut down the application if the company does not prepare standard operating procedures, the government said.

Unlike rival messenger service WhatsApp which reportedly provided data to Australian police and intelligence officials 657 times previous year in its effort to fight terrorism, Telegram has refused to immediately comply with the Iranian government's request to restrict some of its bots and sticker packs as well as access to Iranian users private chats.

Telegram says it blocks thousands of ISIS-related public channels every month.

Founded in 2013 by Russian brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, the application is a free messaging service that can be used as a smartphone app and on computers through a web interface or desktop messenger.

"It turns out the officials of the Ministry recently emailed us a list of public channels with terrorism-related content on Telegram and our team was unable to quickly process them", he said in a post on his public channel.

In December a year ago, police foiled a suicide bomb attack on the State Palace in Jakarta, in which the attackers, according to Jones, coordinated with handlers in Syria to carry out the attack.

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