Urgent Telegram

“The messaging app Telegram has long been an engine of resistance and an annoyance for tyrants. Authoritarian leaders in Russia and Iran have tried to ban it. When protests broke out recently in Belarus and Hong Kong, Telegram was the glue that held democracy movements together in the face of violent onslaughts by powerful security services. These days, though, Telegram is quickly becoming an online refuge for a different kind of resistance.Far-right conspiracy theorists, racists and violent insurrectionists have been flocking to Telegram in recent weeks” The NYT’s Michael Schwirtz: Telegram, Pro-Democracy Tool, Struggles Over New Fans From Far Right. (This is a metaphor for the whole social media story. Everything good is also terrible.)

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