The German Interior Minister said she wanted to remind the two providers of apps on mobile devices of their “social responsibility”. Telegram Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) also criticized the fact that the situation had become a “fire accelerator” for Reich citizens, conspiracy theorists and right-wing extremists. In the case of pornographic and Islamist-terrorist content, the company finally showed “that they can if they want to”.
“The social network Telegram and comparable providers serve people in Germany as a networking platform for lateral thinkers, corona deniers and right-wing extremists,” said a joint paper by the interior ministers. Together with their European partners, they want to engage in more dialogue with foreign governments on this problem “and also clearly represent our expectations at a high-ranking political level”.