Telegram has expressed a willingness to collaborate with Malaysian regulators.
Telegram is a messaging app founded by Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai in 2013. Durov is a Russian entrepreneur. It was first developed as a secure communication platform. The app quickly gained popularity for its emphasis on privacy and encryption. For the past years, Telegram has evolved into a versatile platform. It offers features like group chats, channels, and file sharing. Nevertheless, the app’s anonymity and encrypted messaging capabilities have also made it attractive to users seeking to engage in illicit activities. These activities include gambling and scams.
Fahmi Fadzil, is Malaysia Communications minister. He has reported that Telegram is willing to collaborate with MCMC or the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to tackle scams and online gambling on the platform. Discussions was held recently between Fahmi Fadzil and Pavel Durov, Telegram’s founder and CEO. Issues surrounding the social media platform were addressed in this discussion. Around 15 million Telegram users are from Malaysia.
There were local media reports stated that during the meeting, Fahmi and Durov discussed regulatory challenges and explored technological solutions. This includes advancements in AI. Fahmi invited Durov to visit Malaysia. On the other hand, Durov expressed an interest in expanding Telegram’s operations in the country.
The development is a result of a meeting between the two men in Dubai. It highlighted the growing concerns surrounding scams and illegal gambling activities on the platform.
The Communications and Multimedia Commission sees the commitment from the company as an important step forward when it comes to overcoming cyber threats. The collaboration is aiming to make regulatory measures in order to protect the users. This may also lead to new mechanisms and procedures designed to identify and address online risks.