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NGO sues Apple to remove Telegram from its store

The American nonprofit Coalition for a Safer Web and its president, Marc Ginsberg, sued Apple, demanding that it remove Telegram from its store.

| 01/20/2021 | ionicons-v5-c20: 00 | Israel Rubio |

The US nonprofit Coalition for a Safer Web and its president, Marc Ginsberg, sued Apple, demanding that the Cupertino tech giant remove from its app store Telegramwhich, they claimed, plays a serious role « in inciting extremist violence. »

According to the lawsuit, filed on January 17 in the state of California, Telegram « promotes extremist behavior in violation of both state and federal laws. » « Telegram currently serves as the preferred channel of communication for neo-Nazis / white nationalists « and contributes to » anti-Semitic and anti-black incitement during the current wave of protests across America. « 

The platform represents a tool that racist and anti-Semitic groups use to « connect their members and facilitate the ability of these groups to communicate, recruit members, plan and carry out attacks and instill fear in their enemies, » they state in the complaint. . « Telegram it is currently being used to coordinate and incite extreme violence prior to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 17, 2021, « they added.

The organization’s lawyer, Keith Altman, stated that they plan to file a similar lawsuit against Google, reports The Washington Post.

Earlier, last week, Apple suspended Parler, the social network popular with supporters of President Donald Trump, arguing that the platform has not taken adequate measures to prevent the dissemination of messages that incite violence.

« Parler has not kept its commitment to moderate or remove harmful or dangerous content that encourages violence and illegal activity, and does not comply with the Review Guidelines of the App Store« explained an Apple review board.