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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.
Last week, more than 25 million new users worldwide joined Telegram. Such growth led to a significant increase in the cost of maintaining the messenger's infrastructure. Therefore, Telegram is looking for additional funding.
In his latest Telegram post, Pavel Durov announced that Facebook is worried about the popularity of Telegram and that it has a department dedicated to finding out why Telegram is so popular. Durov decided to reveal the success secret for free.
Pavel Durov also assured users that he would not sell the messenger, thereby refuting rumors that Telegram was sold to Mail.ru.
Telegram was suing Lantah for the right to use the Gram trademark and ticker, but at the end of August 2020, Durov's company was forced to withdraw its claim and now has to pay $620,000 in legal fees.
The Italian Data Protection Authority has launched an investigation into Telegram due to the widespread use of bots that generates fake nude images. Only until July 2020, more than 100,000 deepfakes were discovered.
Thailand police ordered the digital ministry to restrict the Free YOUTH group on Telegram, which played a key role in organizing protests. Authorities have been unable to stop rallies, and more than 80 people have been arrested since Tuesday.
Telegram filed a lawsuit against a Florida-based startup in May 2018, which also intended to create its own cryptocurrency called Gram. But after Pavel Durov announced the TON project's closure, it was decided to withdraw the lawsuit against Lantah LLC.