Beside signal is Telegram In an international comparison, it is probably the strongest competitor of the US service WhatsApp. In Germany in particular, the messenger has received some criticism over the past few years. The reason for this is sometimes its more or less open structure. It enables people to organize themselves into groups that are difficult for the responsible authorities to understand.
Telegram app soon out of German stores?
Calls for violence that have not been deleted and open hate speech have once again brought the Telegram app into the focus of politics. Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) already considered a telegram ban last week. Lower Saxony’s Minister of the Interior and Sport, Boris Pistorius (SPD), also spoke out clearly against the messenger in an interview with Der Spiegel in mid-January.
“What is happening in the Telegram groups and channels is completely against the compliance rules of Apple and Google, which offer this app in their stores. We urgently need to talk to them and convince them to stop selling Telegram.”
Boris Pistorius (SPD)
He has already suggested to Faeser that, together with other ministers, they “invite the companies to such a conversation as soon as possible”. After all, it should be in the interest of these companies to “offer clean goods”.
No end in sight
Should Telegram fly out of the Apple and Google stores, the app would by no means be finished. After all, applications like this can also be downloaded from third-party platforms – at least on Android. Even those users who still have the messenger installed would not lose it by taking such a step.
The state interior ministers have also commented on the situation in a joint position paper. “The social network Telegram and comparable providers serve people in Germany as a networking platform for lateral thinkers, corona deniers and right-wing extremists,” quotes Der Spiegel. Together with the European partner states, they want to tackle this problem “and also clearly represent our expectations at a high-ranking political level”.