German Authorities Fine Telegram $5 M

  • Marc Wilson
  • 22 Oct 2022

The German government has recently fined the big T a total of over $5 million for disobeying Deutschland's laws and failing to establish a legal way of reporting unlawful posts. Want to know more details on the topic? Keep reading. 

Telegram is among the most popular instant messaging services worldwide these days, WhatsApp being its major competitor. The application is currently based in Dubai. However, despite major assistance from the United Arab Emirates government, the Federal Office of Justice (central service authority of the federal German government), has boldly slapped Telegram in the face with a whopping $5 million fine.

According to German authorities, Telegram failed to provide them with its contacts for receiving vital legal docs. As a result, German officials didn’t manage to send important papers to the Telegram office. A Germany-based law firm has since been representing the IM service, but had no luck in solving the problem.

It’s interesting to note that this is the 2nd major legal case for the app in Deutschland. In the early summer, Telegram collaborated with local police to expose a group of users that were reportedly involved in child abuse and terrorism. Despite the collaboration, German authorities later accused Telegram of spreading radical ideas and content. 

In addition to all this, the German law enforcement authorities stated that groups of people utilized Telegram to harass political leaders, experts, and healthcare professionals for their pro-pandemic position. All in all, the fine seems to be a serious issue. But Telegram has the chance to appeal. Let’s wait and see how it all turns out. What are your thoughts on the topic? Do you think Telegram is to blame for all the all-encompassing ‘radicalization’? Have your say in the comments below. We value your opinion immensely.

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