The co-founder of encrypted chat service Telegram has pledged to ramp up efforts to rid the platform of terrorist sympathisers and propagandists who use the app to communicate, mere days after the company faced a backlash in Indonesia for failing to tackle the issue. Pavel Durov, the entrepreneur who helped launch the service back in 2013, said a new taskforce will be created to respond to the concerns of Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, who took action on Friday 14 July by partially blocking access to the website.

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