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Telegram CEO about crypto

The ban on cryptocurrencies proposed by the Central Bank of Russia will lead to an outflow of IT specialists from the country and destroy a number of sectors of the high-tech economy.

No developed country bans cryptocurrencies. Reason: such a ban will inevitably slow down the development of blockchain technologies in general. These technologies improve the efficiency and safety of many human activities, from finance to the arts.

Solutions based on distributed ledgers, using cryptocurrencies as units of calculation, are replacing the obsolete centralized financial systems of the second half of the 20th century.

Russia's neighbors, from Ukraine to Uzbekistan, following developed countries, adopt progressive laws in the field of blockchain. These states do not want to be left on the sidelines of technological and economic progress.

Russia today is one of the leaders in terms of the number of highly qualified specialists in the blockchain industry. Thoughtful regulation will allow the country to balance the distribution of forces in the international financial system and become one of the major players in the new economy.

The desire to regulate the circulation of cryptocurrencies is natural on the part of any financial authority. However, while recommending a total ban on cryptocurrencies, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation proposes to throw out the baby with water. Such a ban is unlikely to stop unscrupulous players, but it will put an end to legal Russian projects in this area.


Another country may block Telegram

The next country after Germany, which is considering measures to force the messenger to cooperate, was Brazil. The Valor Economico newspaper cites sources in the country's Higher Electoral Court (TSE) as fearing that Telegram could be used to mass-spread false news and disinformation ahead of elections.

In this regard, the head of TSE sent several letters to Pavel Durov, but did not receive a response to any of them.

In these letters, the TSE proposed to hold a meeting with the Telegram administration and discuss possible measures aimed at ensuring the security of the upcoming elections.

Similar agreements already exist with the online platforms Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. After TSE returns from vacation in February 2022, the head of the body plans to discuss the situation around Telegram with colleagues in order to determine "possible measures".


“Just turning off Telegram won’t work” – Germany plans to tighten control over the work of the messenger

Welt published a rather radical article about Telegram. The messenger is represented by a Russian company headquartered somewhere in Dubai. A messenger in which terrorists communicate and calls for murder and violence are openly heard.

On the one hand, adequate moderation of content on the Internet is really necessary. On the other hand, who will determine where that line is. And how not to violate the human right to privacy and freedom of speech.

Due to Pavel Durov's refusal to cooperate with the authorities, more and more governments are ready to tighten rules, fines and bans. Earlier in Germany, they did not rule out the possibility of blocking the messenger.

But German government agencies are trying to establish contact with Telegram representatives and achieve cooperation.

Original article in German


Animated reactions in Telegram

At the end of 2021, the Telegram update was released and we did not have time to discuss it. It's time to start.

The first among the updates was the reaction. Admit it, have you already sent emoticons by mistake? ☺️

Some of the animated emojis can be used as reactions - to quickly show your opinion or attitude without sending text messages.

To send a quick response 👍, double-tap the message. To select other reactions - for example, 😁 🎉😱 🔥👎 - tap the message once (for iOS: pinch it with your finger).

You can change emoji for quick reactions in Settings. Android: Chat Settings> Fast Response. iOS: Stickers & Emoji> Fast Response.

In private chats, reactions are always on. In groups and channels, administrators can choose whether to allow reactions and which emojis will be available in the chat. For example, you can include only ❤️ for likes or collect votes for 👍 and against 👎.

In addition, group and channel administrators can enable reactions in the chat profile: Edit> Reactions. To get feedback from readers, comments in channels and Telegram polls with flexible settings can also come in handy.


Репост из: Durov's Channel
🥳✨ 2021 was a phenomenal year for Telegram. It became the most downloaded app in the world in January, managed to welcome 70 million new users in just one day in October, and was declared the fastest growing app of the year in December.

We know we owe this growth to you – our users – so we carefully listened to your feedback and kept making Telegram better for you throughout the year. Yesterday we released our 12th major update this year, packed with the features you requested – like reactions and message translation 👌

With each update we try to not simply add a missing feature, but instead expand its boundaries and redefine how it looks, feels and works. We hope that this approach can improve the quality of human communication and bring more efficiency, happiness and joy to the world 💫

The spoiler animations we just rolled out are pure magic, while the custom animated QR codes in this update make QRs sexy again. The newly added message reactions are already spectacular, but it's just the start: we are now busy finding ways to make them even more stunning 🔥

I'm grateful for your love of Telegram and excited by what we can do for you in 2022. Thank you – and have a glorious New Year! 🎄


Results of Telegram 2021

2021 was rich in messenger updates.

At the beginning of the year, the export of chats from other messengers appeared. This allowed us to attract more new users.

In the spring, we improved voice chats, creating a tool for live broadcasts and podcasts.

There were a lot of updates from the designers - animated backgrounds, revamped visual menus, color themes, and the ability to add more personalization.

In the summer, we released one of the most anticipated updates. Group video calls, the logical continuation of which are video broadcasts and their recording.

We have significantly improved the search in the messenger and individual chats.

What was the most valuable update to you this year?


Репост из: Durov's Channel
A recent report has proven that Telegram sticks to its promise of keeping its user data private, while apps like WhatsApp give real-time user data to third parties, and despite their numerous claims about "E2E encryption", can also disclose message contents.

The report has confirmed that Telegram is one of the few messaging apps that doesn't breach their users’ trust.

I am not surprised. Most other apps couldn't guarantee privacy to their users even if they wanted to. Because their engineers reside in the US, they have to secretly implement backdoors in their apps when the US government orders them to. If an engineer speaks publicly about it, then can go to jail for breaching a gag order.

In most cases the agencies don't even need a court order to extract private information from messaging apps such as WhatsApp, and in other cases, court documents are shrouded in secrecy. Some supposedly secure apps have been funded by government agencies from their inception (e.g Anom, Signal).

For many years the National Security Agency (NSA) has been making sure that international encryption standards are in line with what the NSA can decipher, and all other approaches to encryption are labeled as "non-standard" or "home-brew". Through their proxies in the encryption industry (like this one), the NSA imposed flawed standards onto the encryption used by the rest of the world, cautioning everyone else from "rolling out their own encryption".

No wonder US-based apps such as WhatsApp are plagued with backdoors – intentionally planted security loopholes that governments (and anybody else) can use to hack smartphones and extract private data from people.

I hear our US-based competitors are frustrated that they can't match Telegram's growth, despite heavily investing in marketing (something Telegram has never had to invest in). But in order to match our growth, they have to first make sure their actions match their marketing claims. Until then, data breaches and security issues in their apps will, unfortunately, remain unavoidable.


Репост из: Durov's Channel
When Telegram said goodbye to TON last year, I expressed the hope that future generations of developers would one day carry on with our vision of a mass-market blockchain platform.

So I was inspired to see the champions of Telegram's coding contests continue developing the open TON project, which they rebranded to Toncoin.

I'm proud that the technology we created is alive and evolving. When it comes to scalability and speed, TON is still years ahead of everything else in the blockchain realm. It would have been a shame to see this project not benefitting humanity.

Unlike the original TON, Toncoin is independent from Telegram. But I wish its team the same success. Coupled with the right go-to-market strategy, they have all they need to build something epic 💪


Spoilers will appear on Telegram

Soon they may add the ability to hide part of the text. For example, if this text contains the denouement of the plot of a new film. So that the reader can open the insert only if desired. After all, not everyone wants to watch a new film after they know the ending in advance.

When sending a message, you can select the text and select the "Spoiler" option in the menu that appears. After that, instead of text, animation will appear in the correspondence - letters crumbling into pixels. If you want, you can see the content, for this you just need to click on the text.


Anonymous comments on Telegram

Public groups and comments in channels allow you to discuss any topic, communicate with representatives of various movements and opinions.

To avoid unwanted attention to your personal account, you can now send messages on behalf of one of your channels.

To select a channel on behalf of which messages will be sent, click on the image to the left of the input field. All subsequent messages sent in this chat will be signed with the name and image of the selected channel instead of your name and photo.

When sending messages on behalf of a channel, you will also see the name of this channel above your message blocks.

P.S. It is quite possible to create a channel for communication, it is not necessary to have a popular channel.


Protected Content, Delete by Date, Device Management and More

🚀 Creators of channels and groups can now prevent their subscribers from saving photos and videos, forwarding messages and taking screenshots.

🚀 Telegram users have complete control over their chat history and can delete messages without a trace for all participants in the conversation. Today's update allows you to delete the history of messages in a particular private chat for a specific day or period of time.

🚀 You can use Telegram from all your devices at the same time and manage active sessions through the Devices menu in the settings. A new button in this section will help you instantly access Telegram on a computer or through a browser. In addition, you can now choose after what period of inactivity to automatically end sessions on your old devices.

🚀 Public groups and comments in channels allow you to discuss any topic with thousands of people: hold a meeting with colleagues, debate with opponents, or just chat with fans. To avoid unwanted attention to your personal account, you can now send messages on behalf of one of your channels.

🚀 On some devices, you can now quickly log in without SMS - by entering the last digits of the number from which the call from Telegram came.

🚀 If, after sending an application to join a group, its administrator contacted you, the name of the group will be indicated on the plate at the top of the chat.

Details: https://telegram.org/blog/protected-content-delete-by-date-and-more?ln=r


Telegram temporarily disabled animated emoji due to Apple demands to remove eggplant

In case you missed, when you sent the Eggplant emoji 🍆, the screen was flooded with ... white blobs. Such is an unexpected joke from Telegram.

But the joke showed how demanding Apple is for apps in its store.

Oddly enough, all sorts of chat roulettes can be downloaded through the AppStore.


Telegram excludes the channels of officials and government agencies from the advertising platform

Pavel Durov said in his chat that Telegram will not show ads on channels associated with government agencies.

"Now we are excluding the channels of officials and government agencies from the advertising platform," Durov wrote, answering a user's question whether advertising will appear on the channels of government agencies and politicians. At the first public launch of the advertisement, it was on such channels.


Telegram functions that we will see soon

1. Configuring a ban on forwarding for private channels and groups.
2. Sending messages on behalf of the channel in public groups.
3. Delete messages for the selected date range in the calendar.

Such tasks faced the developers in the competition for Android, the total of which has already been summed up.

Results: https://t.me/contest/280

In the second stage of the competition, the developers will implement one of the new features in the Telegram app. Details in a week ✌🏻


Репост из: Durov's Channel
Telegram is launching Sponsored Messages – a tool that allows anyone to promote their channels and bots. Here is what you should know:

1. There will be no ads in chats on Telegram. If you use Telegram as the messenger that we launched in 2013 – you will never see a sponsored message. Sponsored messages can't appear in your chat list, private chats or groups.

2. User data will not be used to target ads. As with everything we do, our main priority is protecting the private data of our users. That's why unlike other apps we will not use your private data to display ads.

Sponsored messages on Telegram are shown only in large public one-to-many channels with 1000+ members – and are based solely on the topic of the public channels in which they are shown. This means that no user data is mined or analyzed to display them.

3. We are fixing ads that are already here. Some admins of one-to-many channels on Telegram already post ads in the form of regular messages. We hope that Sponsored Messages will offer a more user-friendly and less chaotic way for people to promote their channels and bots.

Sponsored messages are currently in test mode and are not available to everyone. Once they are fully launched and allow Telegram to cover its basic costs (such as equipment and data centers that are used by channel admins to deliver their content to our hundreds of millions of users), we plan to start sharing ad revenue with the admins of the channels where Sponsored Messages are displayed – because it is fair.

4. With Telegram you're more ad-free than with WhatsApp. WhatsApp already shares user data with advertisers [1] [2] – even though they don’t show ads themselves. On Telegram, however, advertisers will never get your private data. Besides, if you use Telegram the way you use WhatsApp, you will never see a single ad. Sponsored messages can only appear in channels, which are a unique social networking feature Telegram added several years after launch. If WhatsApp introduces a similar feature, they are likely to also display ads there, like their parent company already does on Instagram and Facebook.

Online ads should no longer be synonymous with the abuse of user privacy. We'd like to redefine how a tech company should operate by setting an example of a self-sustainable platform that respects its users and content creators.


Updates which are not available on Android yet

Quick captions for photos

If you start typing a message and then attach an attachment — for example, a photo or video — the previously typed text is automatically filled into the signature field. This works with cloud-based draft messages too - so you can type on your computer, then upload a photo from your phone and quickly send it with the signature you want.

Travel time to location

Through the attachment menu, you can send your exact geolocation or broadcast it in real time.

By clicking on the geolocation, the map opens - and now you can see how quickly you can get to a given place on foot, by car or by public transport. To build a route or call a taxi, click on the time, and the location will open in another application.

In release, the Telegram community, the appearance in the next updates of quick captions for photos and calculating travel times for geolocations for Android smartphones 🚀


Recently Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram wrote on his channel:

“Many users have suggested introducing the ability to disable official advertisements on Telegram channels.

We have already started work on this new feature and look forward to launching it this month. It can be arranged in the form of a low-cost subscription, which will allow users to directly financially support the development of Telegram.

Some channel creators would also like to "turn off" advertisements in their channels. At the moment, we are calculating the economic conditions for this option. Advertisers will soon be able to place an "invisible" ad on any channel that - assuming there is sufficient cost per impression - will result in no ads on that channel.

We will continue to work on features that will allow Telegram to become a break-even project. The interests of users and content authors will remain our priority in this process.”

Few days later we see no ads on Telegram. Some small channels without much trust were advertised. And admins didn’t like it.

We are much interested which companies we will see advertised on Telegram later.


Updated settings for iOS

The settings section of the iOS app has been updated to match the design standards adopted in iOS 15.

The settings for alerts and stickers have been optimized, and the Devices section has become clearer with new icons and more conveniently structured information. You can click on any of the connected devices to see additional data or remotely end the session.

Also, the Design section has undergone significant changes.


Turn the official ads off

Pavel Durov, Telegram founder, wrote on his Russian channel about the official Telegram ads.

“Many users have suggested introducing the ability to disable official advertisements in Telegram channels.

We have already started work on this new feature and look forward to launching it this month. It can be arranged in the form of a low-cost subscription, which will allow users to directly financially support the development of Telegram.

Some channel creators would also like to "turn off" advertisements in their channels. At the moment, we are calculating the economic conditions for this option. Advertisers will soon be able to place an "invisible" ad on any channel that - assuming there is sufficient cost per impression - will result in no ads on that channel.

We will continue to work on features that will allow Telegram to become a break-even project. The interests of users and content authors will remain our priority in this process.”


Telegram update

🔹Fast scrolling in the "Media" section

From the profile of any chat in Telegram, you can quickly view all the photos, videos and files that were sent in the chat. Now there is a calendar, thanks to which it will be possible to view media files faster.

🔹Applications to join the group

Now you can create special invitation links for groups and channels, which can be entered only after the application is approved by the chat administrator.

🔹Travel time to location on iOS
Through the attachment menu, you can send your exact geolocation or broadcast it in real time. By clicking on the geolocation, the map opens - and now you can see how quickly you will be able to get to the given place on foot, by car or by public transport. To build a route or call a taxi, click on the time, and the location will open in another application.

🔹The iOS Settings section has also been updated.

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