The Telegram Billionaire and His Dark Empire

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DER SPIEGEL 24/2021






SPIEGEL International




Selling drugs: Dealers use colorful emojis to advertise their delivery offers. Some groups have thousands of members

Right-wing extremist channels: The “Terrorgram” scene reaches thousands of subscribers with content that is anti-Semitic, misogynistic and glorifies violence.

The opposition channel “Nexta” in Belarus: “Nexta” counted more than 2 million subscribers during the mass protests in August 2020. The channel was the first to publish images of brutal violence perpetrated by security forces against demonstrators.

Crypto pump channel: In groups like “Binance Super Pumps,” members conspire to make concerted purchases of certain cryptocurrencies and drive up their prices.

With additional reporting by Monika Bolliger, Alexander Chernyshev and Roman Höfner



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