Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliament Question on Government Investigation of Encrypted Instant Messaging Apps by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law

Published: 01 August 2017



Mr Seah Kian Peng: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs whether the Ministry is investigating encrypted instant messaging applications such as Telegram amid concerns that this is "the app of choice" for terrorists.



1. MHA is aware that terrorist groups use social media applications like Telegram to spread their propaganda, for recruitment, and even operational planning.   


2. This is a challenge faced by many governments and security agencies worldwide. We are closely monitoring developments. 


3. To counter the spread of extremist and radical ideology, the family and community must play their part.  We have repeatedly made this point, because it is critical. They must alert the authorities if they notice any signs of radicalisation in their family members, friends, or colleagues.


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