You may have seen Telegram in the news, as it has been linked to several controversies. One of the more recent examples include the surge of 25 million new users in the 72 hours after the insurrection of the Capitol Building in the United States in 2021. Telegram has been linked to extremist groups such as ISIS, the Proud Boys, and other Alt-Right groups. However, the app’s creator, Pavel Durov, has committed to working with law enforcement by flagging public extremist content, removing almost 70 extremist channels a month, and identifying users promoting extremist content on the app.
As with all social media and messaging apps, it’s important to note the potential risk to young people. With Telegram, there is a risk that children and young people may be exposed to harmful content such a hate-speech or extremism. However, this does not necessarily mean that they are using the app in this way. If someone in your care is using Telegram, remain calm and use the opportunity to engage in a discussion.