The official Telegram channels of Hamas and its Al-Qassam Brigades have become inaccessible for Telegram users who downloaded the app through the Google Play Store.

However, the channels can still be accessed on other platforms or by downloading the Telegram for Android app directly from Telegram’s website.

“Some of the channels you are following may stop being accessible in your version of Telegram because of Google Play’s guidelines,” Telegram said, as quoted by JPost.

Telegram has served as one of the central platforms for Hamas, its supporters, and other terrorist groups to publish statements and propaganda, especially since Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel.

The Hamas channels are believed to have had over 600,00 followers.

Accounts affiliated with Hamas have in the past been blocked by Facebook, as well as by other social media websites. In April of 2016, Hamas expressed anger after Facebook and Twitter shut down multiple accounts linked with the Al-Qassam Brigades.

In January of 2017, Facebook blocked dozens of accounts and pages supporting Hamas. The crackdown followed the launch of a social media campaign by the group promoting the actions of archterrorist Yahya Ayyash.

In 2021, Facebook blocked the page of the Hamas-affiliated Gaza news agency Shehab, saying it violated the social media network's community standards against promoting violence despite being notified.