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Telegram willing to work with Malaysian government to combat scams, gambling


Messaging app Telegram has pledged closer cooperation with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to better combat scams and illegal online gambling.

The development comes as the result of a meeting between Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov and Malaysia’s Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil in Dubai. Telegram is used by around 15 million people in Malaysia and the meeting 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 a significant step forward when it comes to combating cyber threats and the collaboration is aiming to make regulatory measures designed to protect users more efficient. It may also lead to new mechanisms and procedures designed to identify and address online risks.

Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app founded by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai in 2013. Initially developed as a secure communication platform, it quickly gained popularity for its emphasis on privacy and encryption. Over the years, it has evolved into a versatile platform offering features such as group chats, channels, and file sharing. However, Telegram’s anonymity and encrypted messaging capabilities have also made it attractive to individuals seeking to engage in illicit activities, including gambling and scams.

Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel is an online gambling industry veteran with over twenty years of experience in Europe and Asia. Equally at home in the Isle of Man and the Philippines, he started his career as a sports trader before setting up and running whole operations, and more recently focusing on the regulatory and licensing side of things in the worlds of fiat and crypto eGaming. When he is not writing about gambling topics, he can be found cycling around Manila and advocating sustainable transport solutions for a Philippines based mobility magazine.