by Chris Black
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
JUST IN – Marco Bushman (FDP), the German Justice Minister, wants to take action against the messenger service Telegram as it is used to oppose Covid measures. Recently, the autocratic Lukashenko regime in Belarus made it criminal to subscribe to unwanted channels on the service.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) December 14, 2021
The irony is lost on Marco. He’s a member of the “Freedom Party”, while claiming that people exchanging ideas freely over the internet threatens democracy or whatever.
According to Marco, a democracy cannot survive without censorship, and Telegram is maybe the last big platform where you can discuss freely.
Telegram has become a haven for people wanting to have conversations normally, as we all did on Twitter and YouTube before 2017.
That isn’t going to last forever. Google and Apple are already censoring Telegram channels, and I don’t think they’re going to sacrifice their place in the app stores on free speech principles.
The good news is that you can still install the uncensored app from their site on Android and desktop devices.