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Telegram


Added 6 years ago by Matt • Updated 24 days ago by Y F
Added 6 years ago by Matt • Updated 24 days ago by Y F

Telegram
Telegram

About

Telegram is a free, web-based instant messaging application that comes equipped with person-to-person encryption across mobile, desktop and web platforms. Due to its heavy security, Telegram has come under harsh criticism for its use among members of terrorist organizations, such as the Islamic State.

History

In February 2012, Nikolai and Pavel Durov, the founders of Russia's largest social networking site VK, began developing Telegram, an end-to-end encrypted instant messaging service. Telegram launched 16 months later in August 2013.[1] The idea behind the company is to make privacy and security, not profits, the number one goal, something Telegram's founders sees lacking in companies like Google or Facebook.[4]

Features

Telegram contains many of the same features that other instant messaging clients provide, such as accessing people worldwide over the internet, rather than through SMS, as well as the ability to synchronize across devices. The system also allows for group messaging of up to 5,000 members and the ability to send any type of document.

Security

The most important and noteworthy feature of Telegram is its security. Telegram offers two layers of encryption: Server-client encryption and client-client encryption. This is all based on 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange. The company is so confident in its encryption that it's offering $300,000 to anyone who can crack it.[2]

Telegram also has a feature called "Secret Chat," which offers end-to-end encryption. Therefore, those in the secret chats are the only ones who can read the messages. Messages sent in Secret Chats cannot be forwarded, and when they are deleted from one side of the exchange, the other side is automatically deleted as well.

Secret Chats also offer self-destructing messages, meaning that the user can place a timer on the message, timing it delete after being sent. As soon as the timer runs out, the message disappears from both devices.

Highlights

Usage By Terrorists

Due to the heavy security features on Telegram, the app has been popular among members of the Islamic State. Telegram has become the application of choice for ISIS when it comes to planning and broadcasting, giving them a safe and secure way to record and share videos throughout the world.[3]

Telegram, known for their minimal interference, has yet to take aggressive action against these groups, unlike their competitors. For the most part, Telegram does not feel responsible for what people do with their technology. On November 17th, 2015, two days after the 2015 Paris Terrorist Attack, Telegram-founder Pavel Durov posted a picture of himself with the Eiffel Tower in the background.[5] As of June 2017, the post as received more than 26,000 likes. In the caption he wrote:

I join all those who mourn deaths in the most beautiful city of the world.
I think the French government is as responsible as ISIS for this, because it is their policies and carelessness which eventually led to the tragedy. They take money away from hardworking people of France with outrageously high taxes and spend them on waging useless wars in the Middle East and on creating parasitic social paradise for North African immigrants. It is a disgrace to see Paris in the hands of shortsighted socialists who ruin this beautiful place. I hope they and their policies go away forever and this city will once again shine in its full glory – safe, rich and beautiful.
Vive la France! 🇫🇷



Lawmakers inside the United States government have urged the service to take action against terrorist groups and to aide governments fighting them. In winter 2015, the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to Durov urging him to block content by ISIS. Signed by Texas Republican Representative Ted Poe and California Democratic Representative Brad Sherman, the letter said, "No private company should allow its services to be used to promote terrorism and plan out attacks that spill innocent blood."

Ban in Russia

On March 20th, 2018, in accordance with a 2016 law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Telegram was ordered by the Russian Supreme Court to share user data with the Russian Federal Security Services (F.S.B.).[6] The agency believes that it needs access to the app to properly protect the country from terrorist attacks. Following their loss, Telegram said that they would appeal the decision.

After the company refused to hand over user data, the Russian government's watchdog agency filed a lawsuit against the messaging app on April 6th. The lawsuit would limit access to the messenger if they did not hand over the decrypted data.[7]

The following week, on April 13th, a Russia court ruled that Telegram be blocked immediately for failing to comply with a court ruling.[9] The hearing took 18 minutes.[9][10]

That day, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov posted on the site,[8] "At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales. Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed." The post (shown below) received more than 815,000 views in one week.


Durov's Channel . The power that local governments have over IT corporations is based on money. At any given moment, a government can crash their stocks by threatening to block revenue streams from its markets and thus force these companies to do strange things (remember how last year Apple moved iCloud servers to China). At Telegram, we have the luxury of not caring about revenue streams or ad sales. Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed. t.me/durov/76 816.5K Apr 13 at 04:39

Five days later, the head of the watchdog agency Roskomnadzor, Alexander Zharov, said that in attempt to block the website it had obstructed millions of IP address. According to the New York Times,[11] Telegram moved to American web hosts, Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services and repeated changed its IP address to circumvent the block.

The move caused a blackout for numerous websites including the messaging app Viber and Volvo dealerships.

Ban in Iran

On April 18th, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced that they would be leaving the app. Many believe that the exit signals that the app would be banned in Iran, similar to Russia.[12]

Nearly half the country's population, about 40 million Iranians, use Telegram.

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Comments ( 34 )

  • Aramaki_1917 - 6 years ago

    Telegram is an awesome app that can be used for wrong things like terrorism, CP and bieberposting.

    Dont' blame the technology, blame the people.

    +67
    • marik_azemus - 6 years ago

      B-but I thought technology was inherently evil! All those anti-technology films made by advanced filmmaking tools and multi-million dollar CGI told me so!

      +7
    • Phhase - 6 years ago

      Yes.

      But.

      In the absence of a way to fix the people, and the presence of a way to regulate the tech, don't you think that it's not an unreasonable short-term solution to use avenues like these to assist the inconveniencing of such aberrance?

      +1
    • Nedhitis - 6 years ago

      I know, right..? By this logic, we should just shut down the whole internet based on the same principle and call it a day. But there is a reason why we do not go on vacation to North Korea, you know.

      +3
  • Lexicanium Coeus - 6 years ago

    Aren't most instant instant messaging apps like Google and whatsapp encrypted ever since the NSA hustle?

    0
  • marik_azemus - 6 years ago

    B-but I thought technology was inherently evil! All those anti-technology films made by advanced filmmaking tools and multi-million dollar CGI told me so!

    +7
  • Arach - 6 years ago

    Oooh, when i heard terrorists used telegram, i thought they literally sent old-timey telegrams around.

    +8
    • Orange Circle - 6 years ago

      TODAY IS THE DAY OF OUR VICTORY STOP THE EYES OF THE PROPHET ARE ON US STOP GOD IS GREAT STOP

      +25
  • james_w - 6 years ago

    +4
    • David Bowie (The Sovereign) - 6 years ago

      That doesn't make any sense.

      +1
      • Holammer - 6 years ago

        He implies the app is not secure and a honeypot to collect data. Which makes some sense, there's a lot of questions about who actually owns and operates the service.

        +11
    • Holammer - 6 years ago

      He implies the app is not secure and a honeypot to collect data. Which makes some sense, there's a lot of questions about who actually owns and operates the service.

      +11
  • Orange Circle - 6 years ago

    TODAY IS THE DAY OF OUR VICTORY STOP THE EYES OF THE PROPHET ARE ON US STOP GOD IS GREAT STOP

    +25
  • Orange Circle - 6 years ago

    On the one hand, I think that being able to communicate privately without a government listening in is a fundamental right and our last defense against an Orwellian Nightmare State. On the other hand, it sure would be nice if we didn't have all these terrorist attacks all the time. So I'm conflicted.

    But I think the one thing we can all agree on is that Pavel Durov is a douche.

    +9
    • robepriority - 6 years ago

      Why are terrorists always the ones that seem to use the tools of freedom the most?

      +2
    • burning_phoneix - 6 years ago

      >But I think the one thing we can all agree on is that Pavel Durov is a douche.

      >Blames France for creating a nanny-state where immigrants get French people's money
      >Creates a service used by literal terrorists and does nothing about it.
      >mfw

      +5
  • Mr. Candles - 6 years ago

    Frankly, this should have been expected. And even more frankly, just because it would've been expected doesn't mean it shouldn't have happened anyways. Extra-secure messaging is something many can benefit from, and the fact that includes terrorists and other criminals is unavoidable.

    Still, wouldn't want to be in the maker's position right now. Either damage the app's selling point terribly, or watch what's happening and allow it,

    +4
    • digital_m3m3 - 6 years ago

      He's in a lose/lose situation.

      -1
  • tsarnikolai - 6 years ago

    We've come a long way since Morse Code.

    +2
    • a - 6 years ago

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      • Dionaea - 6 years ago

        Fucking Regis

        +2
    • Dionaea - 6 years ago

      Fucking Regis

      +2
  • David Bowie (The Sovereign) - 6 years ago

    That doesn't make any sense.

    +1
    • Holammer - 6 years ago

      He implies the app is not secure and a honeypot to collect data. Which makes some sense, there's a lot of questions about who actually owns and operates the service.

      +11
  • Holammer - 6 years ago

    He implies the app is not secure and a honeypot to collect data. Which makes some sense, there's a lot of questions about who actually owns and operates the service.

    +11
  • Bilbo Swaggins - 6 years ago

    Okay so since we have a Telegram entry, I think the next logical step is to make an entry for VK, since that's such a huge social networking platform

    +10
  • robepriority - 6 years ago

    Why are terrorists always the ones that seem to use the tools of freedom the most?

    +2
  • Arn - 6 years ago

    Oops!

    +1
  • baldarek - 6 years ago

    Telegram > WhatsApp

    +5
  • burning_phoneix - 6 years ago

    >But I think the one thing we can all agree on is that Pavel Durov is a douche.

    >Blames France for creating a nanny-state where immigrants get French people's money
    >Creates a service used by literal terrorists and does nothing about it.
    >mfw

    +5
  • Electric Dictator Bedebao - 6 years ago

    Just like Tor, it musn't be corrupted because of terrorists. People will ALWAYS abuse technology, but think of the benefits of having private communication: It lets journalists and even citizens communicate and spread the truth in countries rife with propaganda and censorship.

    +5
  • sauvignon1 - 6 years ago

    I heard terrorists breathe oxygen. Can you believe that? We should condemn oxygen for allowing those horrible people to use it.

    +19
  • RandomMan - 6 years ago

    +1

    +1
  • Dave Lylia "Pigeon" - 6 years ago

    "[…]They take money away from hardworking people of France with outrageously high taxes and spend them on waging useless wars in the Middle East and on creating parasitic social paradise for North African immigrants."
    Well, those were some hard words

    0
  • Evilthing - 6 years ago

    I bet it's still bugged.

    0
  • PatrickBateman96 - 6 years ago

    #banassaultoxygen

    +9
  • a - 6 years ago

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    • Dionaea - 6 years ago

      Fucking Regis

      +2
  • Phhase - 6 years ago

    Yes.

    But.

    In the absence of a way to fix the people, and the presence of a way to regulate the tech, don't you think that it's not an unreasonable short-term solution to use avenues like these to assist the inconveniencing of such aberrance?

    +1
  • Nedhitis - 6 years ago

    I know, right..? By this logic, we should just shut down the whole internet based on the same principle and call it a day. But there is a reason why we do not go on vacation to North Korea, you know.

    +3
  • Dionaea - 6 years ago

    Fucking Regis

    +2
  • Youyou Meme - 6 years ago

    Bring back the wall

    +2
  • Dwight - 6 years ago

    Throughout the 2010s, smartphone owners save messaging costs by the miracle of Whatsapp. Soon many apps follow by that claimed to be superior thanks to better offering features but however, worse has come for plaguing of social conversation from kik. to emojis, Snapchat to Telegram. The public might agree that if this plaguing state of mobile messaging in such term continues, the traditional conversation will one day witness the limbo.

    -3
  • digital_m3m3 - 6 years ago

    He's in a lose/lose situation.

    -1
  • Youyou Meme - 6 years ago

    Russia seems to be closing in with a total ban.

    Gon' be some fighting

    +3
    • Youyou Meme - 6 years ago

      Aaand it's official. Telegram was just now banned by the court.

      +1
  • Youyou Meme - 6 years ago

    Aaand it's official. Telegram was just now banned by the court.

    +1
  • Youyou Meme - 5 years ago

    A little update on the situation.

    • Russian communication censorship agency is stepping up the banning of everything. For many users, google is down, as well as many other sites.

    • Durov has announced a big protest action: today, at 19:00 local, telegram users will launch paper planes from windows. May produce some noteworthy imagery.

    0
    • Youyou Meme - 5 years ago

      So that went okay



      0
  • Youyou Meme - 5 years ago

    So that went okay



    0
  • gendy - 3 years ago

    Remember when Telegram was based for standng up to government bans? Now it's suddenly a terrorists' app.

    0
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