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6m extremist content removed from Telegram

UNB. Dhaka
03 Apr 2023 18:21:04 | Update: 03 Apr 2023 21:50:44
6m extremist content removed from Telegram

The Saudi Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (Etidal) found and removed 6,004,218 extremist contents on the social media platform Telegram between January 1 and March 30 this year.

Furthermore, the two platforms have assisted in the closure of 1,840 channels that disseminate and promote extremist ideology, and are affiliated with three terrorist groups – ISIS [Daesh], Al-Qaeda and Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, reports Saudi Gazette.

The Etidal team identified and monitored the three terrorist organizations' activity on Telegram in Arabic, it said.

It discovered 2,773,902 pieces with extremist content on 477 Hayat Tahrir al-Sham channels, 1,807,215 such pieces on 1,040 Daesh channels, and 1,423,101 pieces on 323 Al-Qaeda channels.

The Etidal monitoring team observed a peak in broadcasting activity on Telegram on January 9 this year, with 451,911 pieces of content shared and referenced to, and a peak in account creation on March 27, with over 101 channels launched in a single day, the report also said.

The cooperation between Etidal and Telegram continues for the second year in a row, increasing the total number of items deleted from February 2022 until now to 21,026,169; these included extremist content and 8,664 terminated terrorist channels.