Telegram (software)

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Developer(s)Telegram Messenger LLP
Initial releaseAugust 2013 (2013-08)
Operating systemGoogle Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone, MS Windows, Linux, OS X
Available inEnglish, Arabic, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazil & Portugal)
TypeInstant messaging
LicenseGPL v2 (client), closed source (server)

Telegram Messenger is a messaging service which lets its users send each other messages, photos, videos and documents (all file types are supported). The client applications are open source and the server is proprietary software (closed source)

History[change | change source]

Telegram was started in 2013 by the brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, the creators of VK, the largest social network of Russia.[1] Telegram Messenger LLP is an independent nonprofit company located in Berlin, Germany,[2] that is not connected to UK.[3]

In April 2018, Russian court ruled to block Telegram in Russia.[4] Some Russians tried to circumvent the ban by using open proxies in other countries.

On 5 October 2021, Telegram gained over 70 million new users as a result of an outage which affected Facebook and its affiliates.

Features[change | change source]

Telegram lets its users send voice notes, photos, videos and files of all types. Groups can also have a maximum of 200,000 members.[5] Telegram uses a similar system of message read statuses to WhatsApp, with 1 check=sent, 2 checks=read (opened)[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Meet Telegram, A Secure Messaging App From The Founders Of VK, Russia's Largest Social Network". TechCrunch. 2013-10-27.
  2. "Surveillance drives South Koreans to encrypted messaging apps". The Verge. 2014-10-07.
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  4. "Russian court bans access to Telegram messenger". Reuters. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  5. "Group Chats on Telegram".
  6. Telegram F.A.Q.: What do the green ticks mean?, 2014-02-23

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