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Telegram is a messaging service founded by Pavel Durov, an entrepreneur and founder of a popular social network called VK. Launched in 2013, the messenger now has 200 million users a month. Telegram’s core value is privacy and security, so it claims to be the most secure messaging app. Its key advantage is that all chats, groups, and media are encrypted and can self-destruct.
Not all Telegram features are implemented in both web apps at the moment. For example, they do not yet support secret and voice chats, audio and video calls, media editor, and the option to switch between multiple accounts at the same time.
In early March, Internet scammers began to use Telegram bots, which collect personal data, to blackmail users in Russia. Now, the Telegram account of the Australian Finance Minister was hacked.
Telegram is keeping up with Twitter and Facebook and will soon add updated voice chat features to rival Clubhouse. Initially, voice chats appeared in Telegram groups, but soon, this feature will be launched in Telegram channels as well.
Disruptive Era Fund, managed by Da Vinci Capital, was one of the largest TON investors. The fund entered into agreements with Telegram to purchase tokens for $72.1 million and transferred $45.4 million to the company's accounts in 2018.
Telegram officially rolled out the 7.5 update that brings a bunch of new features, including auto-delete messages, expiring invite links, and a set of new animated emojis.