It is not only in communist China or in autocratic Central Asian dictatorships that the Internet and related messenger services are censored and switched off. In Europe, too, the fight against the Telegram service, which is popular in the Corona resistance, has now been committed. There is now even a threat of a ban.
Is Telegram threatened with extinction?
Especially in Austria and Germany, where the Corona protest brings tens of thousands of people to the streets every day, the governments want to monitor Telegram more closely and also modestly. Because demonstrations and other resistance actions are mainly organized in groups on Telegram, some of which have hundreds of thousands of members. A thorn in the side of the regimes and their dictatorship fantasies, of course. The murderous arguments “hate online” and “anti-Semitism” are quickly dealt with in order to make a ban possible. This could even threaten across the EU soon, including total surveillance of encrypted digital communication on these and other services.
It should also not be overlooked that Telegram founder Pawel Durov has a dodgy past and is among other things a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.
Telegram is currently (partially) blocked in the following countries (according to Wikipedia):