Telegram co-founder has pledged to ramp up efforts to rid the platform of terrorist sympathisers and propagandists who use the app to communicate, mere days after the company faced a backlash in Indonesia for failing to tackle the issue.

Pavel Durov, the entrepreneur who helped launch the service back in 2013, said a new taskforce will be created to respond to the concerns of Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, who took action on Friday 14 July by partially blocking access to the website.

“This has to be done because there are many channels on this service that are full of radical and terrorist propaganda, hatred, ways to make bombs, how to carry out attacks, disturbing images, which are all in conflict with Indonesian law,” the ministry said.