Terrorism Propaganda: 6,824 Telegram Channels Locked In Saudi Arabia; 1.5 crore content removed

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Manama > In Saudi Arabia, 6,824 channels that have been spreading terrorist propaganda by the Telegram app have been closed final yr. 1,50,21,951 terrorist content material faraway from Telegram. The motion was taken by the Riyadh-based World Heart for Countering Terrorist Ideologies (ITIDAL) in collaboration with Telegram.

This variety of Telegram channels have been shut down and content material eliminated between February 21, 2022 and December finish, 2022. The federal government has cracked down on the telegram marketing campaign of terrorist organizations Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. 1,676 extremist channels of Tahrir al-Sham have been shut down. 76,45,650 content material unfold by this has been eliminated. Ice’s 4,359 Telegram channels have been shut down and 5,458,027 content material eliminated, whereas Al Qaeda’s 789 channels have been shut down final yr. 19,18,274 of its contents have been eliminated.

Itidaal stated that from September to December alone, 84,94,035 terrorist content material printed by terrorist organizations on 3,616 channels have been monitored and eliminated. Ice has eliminated probably the most terrorist content material. 41,72,215 terrorist content material printed by 2,654 channels of this terrorist group was eliminated. Tahrir al-Sham’s 36,96,483 printed on 703 channels and Al Qaeda’s 6,25,337 terrorist content material printed on 259 channels have been amongst these eliminated on the finish of final yr.

The ideological propaganda glorifying terrorism and extremism was unfold on Telegram channels in Arabic by PDF, video clip and voice clip. 3 Telegram and Itidal reached an settlement in February final yr with an goal to forestall terrorist propaganda by Telegram.

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