Telegram, the cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service, has deleted and banned hundreds and hundreds of accounts, channels and numbers in the latest purge against online content by the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).
Telegram is still popular among terrorists even though many groups including IS have also moved a significant number of their content to other apps like RocketChat, Hoop messenger, etc.
Telegram has also carried out several purges against IS content in the past but the terrorist group keeps coming back to the app.
The latest purge by Telegram is the most strict as accounts of several counter-terrorism analysts and researchers were also banned. However, the team behind Telegram has reinstated some accounts of analysts and researchers after following through a verification process.
Counter-terrorism analysts and researchers as well as members of various security agencies around the world also join such channels and groups in order to monitor online activity by terrorists.
Researchers and analysts who have had their numbers banned in the wide-scale purge can write to the team at Telegram at firstname.lastname@example.org and request their numbers to be reinstated after following the due verification process.