Buschman wants Telegram to cooperate through DSA

In an interview with the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), the new Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) expressed hope that the Digital Services Act could persuade the Dubai-based provider Telegram to cooperate. This would help in the future. Buschmann also follows the legal opinion of the previous government that Telegram, with its open channels, is not only an over-the-top communication service but also a platform in the sense of the German Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG). It continues to drive proceedings under the NetzDG, Buschmann said. But a European solution would be more effective: “A joint approach makes more of an impression on Telegram’s operators than if each country tries to do it alone.” Such a joint approach has also already helped in the fight against IS propaganda.

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