The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, made a speech this Friday (08), on his channel on the messenger. In the statement, the entrepreneur denies three myths about the application – among them that the program is Russian. In addition, Parov says that Telegram is a victim of bots that spread fake news on social networks.
The post is mostly a provocation to Facebook, and echoes in a context in which many users say they intend to leave WhatsApp due to the latest update to the messenger’s Terms of Service.
However, Durov brings some other important information about Telegram, which aims to deny fake news that would be spread by bots.
Myth 1: “Telegram is not open-source”
The first relevant information concerns the Telegram code. Durov ensures that all Telegram client apps have been open-source since 2013, and that its encryption and API processes are reviewed “thousands of times” by security experts – in addition to being documented for audits.
He still pins WhatsApp by saying that the app allegedly “overshadows” its code to make it harder to verify its encryption and privacy processes.
Myth 2: “Telegram is a Russian application”
It is common to find memes and ironic comments related to the Russian origin of Telegram, as well as accusations that users’ information would be intercepted by the country’s government. But, contrary to what many think and propagate on social networks, Telegram has no servers or offices in Russia.
Its current headquarters is in Dubai. According to Durov, Telegram was blocked on Russian territory from 2018 to 2020. In 2017, the app had to pay a fine for refusing to provide data to the Russian government.
Myth 3: “Telegram is not encrypted”
The most defended banner by Durov is privacy and data security. And it is clear that he would not fail to reinforce that Telegram has had encryption since its launch. The messenger founder also points out some very popular features, such as secret chats with end-to-end encryption and cloud storage.
Durov accuses Facebook of manipulating information on WhatsApp
In addition to defending his platform, the founder of Telegram took advantage of the publication to make some heavier accusations against Facebook, however, the information came without much basis.
First, the entrepreneur suggests that Mark Zuckerberg’s company would be allocating Marketing funds to edit articles on Wikipedia, in order to manipulate information about WhatsApp.
In fact, it is possible to identify that there were edits made by paid users by means of a note on the old page intended for the messenger, but Wikipedia itself claims that it did not find any impartiality or advertising problems in these changes and therefore removed the old warning about potential edits.
Finally, Durov states (again without providing any proof) that Facebook would have an entire department dedicated to “studying” the secret to Telegram’s popularity:
I heard that Facebook has an entire department dedicated to finding out why Telegram is so popular. Imagine dozens of employees working on it full-time.
I’m happy to save tens of millions of dollars on Facebook and give away our secret for free: respect your users.
Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram
The dispute between the messengers may become even more fierce: Telegram maintains a growth rate and has 500 million users. The messenger was often used as a kind of “refuge” when WhatsApp suffered from blockages in Brazil a few years ago.
Currently, the platform created by Durov focuses on finding ways to generate revenue – which should happen through advertisements on public channels.
With information: Pavel Durov (via Telegram)