The price of freedom: Telegram risks a maxi fine of 5.5 million euros because it does not want to control users

German authorities have initiated proceedings against Telegram which could see the messaging app manager fined for failing to comply with laws requiring social media sites to monitor their users' actions and ban chats that don't match standards. Germans. The fine would potentially amount to € 5.5 million.

The German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Berlin officials believe that the use of the Telegram app has reached a threshold where it can be treated in the same way as Facebook, Twitter and TikTok, whereby it can be forced to "Protect" the freedom of speech within the limits of German law, thus excluding a series of issues off limits in Germany.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice confirmed on Monday that authorities wrote to Telegram operators in the UAE about the inability to provide a channel for complaints to those in Germany who feel offended by its content, or believe it these exceed the German laws.

"The company now has the opportunity to respond," spokeswoman Rabea Boennighausen told reporters in Berlin.

Telegram, founded by Russian brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, has grown in popularity in Germany in recent years, including among right-wing groups and those opposed to the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Let's say he has grown too much, so he's too free … The German parliament passed the Network Enforcement Act in 2017 with the stated aim of ensuring that the country's current speech limits, including the long-standing ban on denial of Holocaust, can be applied online. The opposites

Opponents have argued that the law risks stifling freedom of speech and expression. However, freedom, at least in Germany, has a cost: 5.5 million euros.


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