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Telegram is a popular online messaging app that provides a WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger alternative to those wishing to escape Big Tech censorship.

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Per Wikipedia:

Telegram provides end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls[25] and optional end-to-end encrypted “secret” chats. Cloud chats and groups are encrypted between the app and the server, so that ISPs and other third-parties on the network can’t access data, but the Telegram server can. Users can send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share an unlimited number of images, documents (2 GB per file), user locations, animated stickers, contacts, and audio files. In January 2021, Telegram surpassed 500 million monthly active users.[26] It was the most downloaded app worldwide in January 2021[27] with 1 billion downloads globally as of late August 2021.

Telegram has benefited those searching for an app that doesn’t censor free speech or specific political views, as long as users don’t violate the terms of service.


Explicit censorship policies from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have led to millions migrating to Telegram to voice their opinions without the fear of censorship.

But is this lack of censorship purposely done by Telegram?

While I use Telegram myself, some new information heightened my sense of caution about the app.

Pavel Durov is the CEO of Telegram Messenger LLP and looks where the tech innovator has connections: