Telegram blocks ‘dozens’ of channels calling for violence

Telegram blocks 'dozens' of channels calling for violence

Facebook isn’t the only platform with a violence problem

A week after a group of pro-Donald Trump extremists occupied the U.S Capitol building, the popular messaging app Telegram confirmed Wednesday it blocked “dozens” of channels on its massively popular platform. The reason, reports CNN, was similar to why Reddit booted a popular pro-Trump subreddit last week: “calls to violence.” 

“We welcome peaceful discussion and peaceful protests, but routinely remove publicly available content that contains direct calls to violence,” Telegram spokesperson Remi Vaughn told CNN.

Mashable reached out to Telegram to confirm the news, and to determine if the calls to violence were specific to the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, but received no immediate response.  Read more…

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