German governments have launched proceedings against Telegram that may observe the messenger program’s operators criticised for failing to comply with legislation requiring social networking websites to police their customers’ actions.

German magazine Der Spiegel noted over the weekend which officials consider usage of this Telegram program has reached a threshold in which it could be treated in precisely the exact same manner as Facebook, Twitter and TikTok as it comes to requiring cooperation with German authorities.

A Justice Ministry spokeswoman confirmed Monday that police have written to Telegram’s operators at the United Arab Emirates within its failure to supply a channel for increasing complaints along with a contact man in Germany.

Der Spiegel reported that the firm could face fines of around 5.5 million euros ($6.7 million) in case it does not comply with the requirements.

Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Telegram, that was set by Russian brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, has increased in popularity in Germany in the past few decades, including one of right-wing groups and people opposed to this government’s reaction to this coronavirus pandemic.

The Germany parliament passed the Network Enforcement Act at 2017 together with the stated aim of making sure that the nation’s present restrictions on speech, for instance, longstanding ban on Holocaust denial, could be enforced on line.

Opponents have argued that the legislation dangers stifling free speech.