JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Indonesian government has unblocked the web version of messaging service Telegram.
Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara announced this on Thursday morning (Aug 10).
The ministry's director-general of informatics applications, Semuel Abrijani, said the unlocking process would take time as it involved numerous internet operators.
The move followed an agreement between the government and Telegram on several countermeasures to block negative content in the application, especially relating to radicalism and terrorism. Rudiantara and Telegram CEO Pavel Durov met on Aug 1 to discuss the issue.
"The countermeasures include a special channel for communicating with (Telegram), an algorithm to filter negative content and a procedure to process complaints on the same day," the minister said.
The ministry reported that Telegram has taken down 166 channels promoting radicalism and terrorism as of Thursday.
Indonesia, a country of 260 million people, is a prolific user of social media. Last month, the government threatened to shut down Telegram, used by several million Indonesians, if it didn't develop procedures to block unlawful content.