“Citizen movements around the world are relying on Telegram to stand up for human rights without resorting to harm,” he said in a statement late Monday.
For the past two weeks, the world has been following events in the US with concern.
Although the US represents less than 2% of Telegram’s user base, the company said it has been closely monitoring the situation.
“In early January, Telegram’s moderation team began to receive an increasing number of reports about US-related public activity on our platform. The team acted decisively by tackling US channels advocating violence,” Durov noted.
“The team continues to process user reports and proactively remove content that directly incites violence.”
“Telegram welcomes the political debate coming from all ends of the political spectrum – but will act quickly to stop those who incite people to harm others,” Durov said.
However, Durov did not comment on Telegram’s encrypted chat feature that protects conversations from outside access and is not subject to centralized moderation.
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