“We cannot rule out a shutdown per se either, a shutdown would be very serious and clearly the ultima ratio,” said the SPD politician in a “Zeit” interview published on Wednesday. “Before that, all other options must have been unsuccessful.”
Obviously, previous measures, including a warning letter from the Ministry of Justice, have come to nothing. Many contributions to the company founded by the Russian brothers Durow Telegram have “right-wing extremist content or contain death threats against politicians”, which has so far not had any consequences.
“I think it is one of the most important points to enforce the law here,” said Faeser. A European solution should be sought. “Sitting today Telegram in Dubai, tomorrow maybe in the Cayman Islands. ” Accordingly, Germany alone cannot be successful. She is talking to her European colleagues about this. “We always have to see what happens if a service is switched off – and then the next provider comes.”