What you need to know
- The Coalition for a Safer Web has sued Apple to ban Telegram from the App Store.
- The group argues that Telegram has failed, like Parler, to moderate extremist and violent content on its service.
As reported by The Washington Post, Apple has been sued in federal court on Sunday by Coalition for a Safer Web. The group, a "nonpartisan group that advocates for technologies and policies to remove extremist content from social media," is demanding that the company remove the Telegram messaging app from the App Store.
The lawsuit states that Telegram has, like Parler, failed to moderate and prevent violent and extremist content to ran rampant on its service.
The coalition's president, Marc Ginsberg, a former U.S. ambassador to Morocco, says that "Telegram stands out by itself as the superspreader [of hateful speech], even compared to Parler." Telegram is a popular service because of its end-to-end encryption, which has made it a popular app for those seeking data privacy. However, that same technology has also made the app become a popular service for right-wing extremists and other violent groups.
When Apple removed Parler from the App Store, it said that "while there is no perfect system to prevent all dangerous or hateful user content, apps are required to have robust content moderation plans in place to proactively and effectively address these issues." According to Ginsberg, Telegram should be banned for the exact same reasons.
You can read the full report at The Washington Post.
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