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Petition in Kerala High Court seeks ban on Telegram, cites terrorism and child porn

A petition has been filed in Kerala High Court seeking a ban on messaging app Telegram, stating that it is used to promote child pornography and terrorism, and that it presents law enforcement issues, reports Bar & Bench. Filed by Athena Solomon K, a student at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bengaluru, it claims that Telegram is widely used for transmission of sexually explicit and vulgar contents of women and children. It also claims that the app is used by pedophile groups to circumvent the ban on child porn in India. The petition points out that the app has been widely criticized by governments across the world due to the “secretive nature of messages” on its platform. It cites Russia’s ban on the app to prevent crime and terrorism, and Indonesia’s ban to prevent radical and terrorist propaganda, per LiveLaw.  “Telegram is a different world for its users with no government control,” “Telegram is a different world for its users with no government control,” declares the petition, adding that It doesn't have an office, or even a nodal officer, in India. Law enforcement agencies cannot make any sense of the Telegram data they receive from ISPs because they don’t have the encryption keys to Telegram, it says. The use of bots ensures that the identity of the user is not revealed, so it gets difficult to trace who is promoting child pornography and terrorism.  The petition was filed on October 1, and the Kerala High Court sought…

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