A PIL has been moved in the Kerala High Court seeking a ban on the online messaging platform Telegram.
The Public Interest Litigation petition filed by Athena Solomon, an LLM student of National Law School of India University Bengaluru, through Advocate Manas P Hameed sought a ban on ‘Telegram’ by stating that it was unregulated, and was promoting child pornography, vulgar sexual content and terrorism.
As per the plea, Telegram is different from other social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. in terms of the degree of anonymity that the user enjoys. Telegram is highly encrypted so it is nearly impossible to trace out the originators of criminal contents being circulated through it.
The petitioner further points out that the Telegram has already been banned in Russia and Indonesia, citing the threat of criminals and terrorists using free encrypted platform for communication.