Telegram in its sights: German authorities want to take tough action

Telegram in its sights: German authorities want to take tough action

Telegram is repeatedly targeted by data protectionists and authorities. Now the new Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann from the FDP wants to deal more with the messenger and its users. So far, the German authority has not been able to hold Telegram makers accountable.

Telegram is a social network

The German authorities have been dealing with the Telegram Messenger for a long time. The Federal Office of Justice does not see Telegram as a pure messenger , but rather as a social network thanks to the ability to communicate in huge public groups. In this case, the Network Enforcement Act applies in Germany, which services such as Twitter or Facebook must also adhere to.

The new Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann wants to make Telegram responsible:

Death threats, insults or insults, as they have recently been increasingly expressed from the scene of the so-called lateral thinkers, are unacceptable and repeatedly violate legal limits, Buschmann told the newspapers of the Funke media group. Our constitutional state must take decisive action against the perpetrators. And he can do that too: with the means of criminal law. (Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Telegram has been in the focus since the Corona crisis and there the agitation against politics in Germany is getting louder . This doesn't stop with minor complaints, but according to ZDF has even gone so far that the CDU openly discusses murder requests against Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer. Certain actions such as the torchlight march in front of the private house of the Saxon Health Minister Petra Köpping from the SPD are said to have been organized via the Telegram messenger.

Telegram is one of the most popular WhatsApp alternatives:

New Federal Chancellor stands behind Federal Minister of Justice

The new Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and also the Prime Ministers of the federal states welcome the tougher action against the Telegram Messenger. Whether Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann will be successful is another question. Months ago Telegram was threatened with a 50 million fine (source: Süddeutsche Zeitung). So far, all contact attempts are simply ignored. Meanwhile, Telegram is introducing new features that will help cover your tracks better.

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