Encryption Messaging App Telegram Cracks Down on 78 ISIS Accounts

The messaging app says it's pulled nearly 80 so far. 


ISIS is taking the hits, online at least. First Anonymous claimed to have taken down more than 5,500 ISIS-related Twitter accounts, now app Telegram Messenger says it’s blocking their messaging channels.

Telegram Messenger announced it had blocked 78 channels across 12 languages on Twitter.

The service added that it was not monitoring conversation, which would be a real twist on its 2013 launch slogan of “taking back our right to privacy.” Instead all the channels were public and available to users “by default.”

Users can notify the service of any illegal channels — ISIS would qualify — using the site’s reporting service. Just send an email to

Meanwhile, on the overkill side of things, Congressman Joe Barton, a Republican out of Waco, Texas, thinks maybe we should just go ahead and shut the whole social media thing down, so one way or another the Islamic State seems like it’s running out of ways to cyber recruit.