Telegram Will Remove Terrorist Content In Indonesia, Had Faced Possible Ban

After being threatened with a ban, messaging app Telegram has agreed to remove terrorist content in Indonesia. The company's web app was blocked by the Ministry of Communication and IT on Friday. Without agreeing to remove content, the government's action against Telegram could have gone further.

CEO Pavel Durov says the company will remove ISIS-related channels spotted by the government and Telegram itself will improve its systems for dealing with that kind of content. Among other things, it'll create a "dedicated team of moderators with knowledge of Indonesian language and culture to be able to process reports of terrorist-related content more quickly and accurately."

Telegram has reportedly been used by members of ISIS in Indonesia, a country which has seen a growing number of attacks from the group.