What is Telegram? A quick guide to the fast and secure messaging platform

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The Telegram messaging app is a popular alternative to WhatsApp and Signal.

  • Telegram is a cross-platform messaging service with enhanced encryption and privacy.
  • Most messages feature client-to-server encryption, but Secret Chat messages have end-to-end encryption.
  • Telegram also supports group chats and self-destructing messages as well.
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Telegram is a popular cross-platform messaging app that is widely used because it offers some enhanced privacy and encryption features as well as support for large group chat features. It also has no ties to other social media platforms (both Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook, for example), which makes the service more appealing to some.

The app is multiplatform, with versions of the app available for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can also access the Telegram from a web browser.

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You can access the Telegram app on a variety of devices, like Android tablets.

Telegram was founded by Russian social media entrepreneur Pavel Durov, and the service is free to use.

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