The Cybersecurity Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit against Apple on January 17, urging it to remove the telecommunications application Telegram messenger from its application store, citing that the software was “used to intimidate, threaten and coerce the company. Crowd”.
According to the Russian satellite news agency, the “cyber security alliance” complained that “neo-Nazi” and “racist” messages and hate speech were circulating on Telegram.
The organization has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, claiming that Telegram violated Apple App Store regulations by allowing the above-mentioned such content to spread.
The lawsuit alleged that Telegram was “a tool used to carry out terrorist activities, including the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol”.
According to the lawsuit, Telegram acts as a tool to fuel violence and spread extremist voices across the United States.
The Washington Post analyzed that it was unclear whether the lawsuit would succeed. According to Article 230 of the Communications Regulatory Act, online platforms enjoy a high degree of exemption from most of the content they publish.
The decision to keep Telegram in the Apple Store is protected not only by the Communications Norms Act of 1996, but also by the right to freedom of expression in the Apple Store.
According to previous reports, after Twitter, Facebook and other social media blocked the accounts of current US President Trump, Trump supporters flooded into Telegram, bringing the app’s downloads to the second place in the United States.
Telegram was founded in 2013 by Russian brothers Nikolai Dulov and Pavel Dulov.
On January 12, Pavel Dulov wrote on his own Telegram channel, “Telegram’s monthly active users exceeded 500 million in the first week of January, and the number has been growing since then: 25 million users have joined Tele in the past 72 hours alone. gram.”