Telegram counters allegations by the National Consumer Secretariat (Senacon) in Brazil, asserting that it was notified later than other companies regarding a formal request for information. The dispute between Telegram and Brazilian authorities continues, with Senacon admitting their error but leveling new accusations against the messaging platform.
Telegram Counters Senacon | Telegram’s Statement
Telegram addressed the error on its official channels, including its Brazilian Twitter account, and provided a timeline to demonstrate the discrepancy in notifications. Senacon had notified Google, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and Kwai on April 13, but Telegram received the request only on the morning of April 20. The company confirmed receipt the same day and submitted its official response within the stipulated 72-hour deadline.
Context of Senacon’s Request
The request from Senacon was part of the Safe School Operation, initiated in response to attacks on educational institutions. The platforms were asked to report on the measures taken to counter the spread of content related to these incidents.
In an official statement, Senacon acknowledged their error in claiming that Telegram had not formally received the notification at the time of their press conference. However, they also accused Telegram of having a “history of non-cooperation with Brazilian authorities” and pointed out the difficulty in contacting the company due to its lack of an official headquarters in Brazil.
Telegram Counters Senacon | Reasons Behind Delay
Senacon explained that there was a delayed Telegram notification. This was because they needed to obtain the address of the law firm representing the messaging platform in Brazil. In contrast, the other companies were “easily located and notified.”
Telegram Suspension Unrelated to Senacon’s Request
On April 26, the Federal Court of Espírito Santo ordered the suspension of Telegram in Brazil. It was due to the app’s failure to provide complete data on members of anti-Semitic groups. The data was requested by the Federal Police. This suspension is unrelated to Senacon’s request. Brazilian telecommunication operators blocked Telegram on April 27. The app resumed operations on April 29 following a decision by the Federal Regional Court of the 2nd Region (TRF-2).
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As the dispute between Telegram and Senacon continues, it remains unknown whether the messaging platform will address these new allegations and improve its cooperation with Brazilian authorities. Both parties must work together to ensure the safety and security of users while adhering to local regulations.