WhatsApp restricting links to its Telegram competitor, Facebook disappears its page


Facebook's most expensive acquisition, WhatsApp, may be feeling the pinch from the proliferation of secure messaging chat apps, and has apparently resorted to the proven tradition of restricting any mention about the competition from within its own platform. What we mean is that WhatsApp for Android has apparently been restricting links to Telegram - one of the most popular secure messaging apps at the moment - and the blocking of associated domains may not be a simple bug, as it seems to span into the WhatsApp's source code, too. Given that 80% of WhatsApp's users are on Android, that's a pretty big deal.

Granted, Telegram's about 60 million of registered users are no match for WhatsApp's billion or so, but the most popular instant messaging platform has very weak ratings in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's security scorecard, so up-and-comers in the protected chat area like Telegram may be considered a threat.

Back in the spring, it was announced that WhatsApp is working with Open Whisper Systems to deliver end-to-end encryption of messages, but the process has been slow and incremental, plus Open Whisper just delivered their own secure chat and voice call encryption app, Signal, which got endorsed by whistleblower extraordinaire Edward Snowden himself. 

Telegram, on the other hand, recently went into the spotlight for somewhat dubious reasons. It turned out that ISIS has been advising its fellow militants to use it as their daily driver in the place of WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Skype and whatnot, in order to encrypt their communications. Apparently, all publicity is good publicity, if WhatsApp is taking such blocking measures against Telegram indeed. Facebook has also taken down its account on the social network, though Telegram's founder is pretty nonplussed about it, saying that "We didn’t use it, so we didn’t even notice it.” Fun times.

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15 Comments

1. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Wow..

2. HtPsycho

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Looks like someone's pissed.

16. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Telegram has no beef with that. That's a good way to respond to WhatsApp: ignore. Why be pissed-off?

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

And the Good Healthy Competition Company's awards goes to ...........

4. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

You jelly Whatsapp ?? IMO Telegram is far better than Whatsapp

5. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

WhatsApp is my favorite messaging app (mostly because it works with your phone number instead of usernames making it easy to find contacts, no need to add them) but they should be fined a very high amount for this. Maybe I will give Telegram a try.

12. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

So tried Telegram? it's the same thing as u said right but better..

6. monterox

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2015

They should be restricting links to Threema, too. ;-) Because that's the best WhatsApp alternative around. Looks better, is secure, and offers truly unique features.

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I smell an anti trust cooking.

8. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Ive never used Telegram so I dont care about, as long as my contacts keep using Whatsapp that's fine.

11. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Inb4 some bs excuse that "we're stopping ISIS from learning about it"

13. wongdg

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

Looks like a case of anticompetitive practice!

14. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I use both. The Telegram app seems to be more efficient but more users on whatsapp.

15. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Seems like being anti-competitive. Oh well it's business anyways.

17. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Built in MMS messaging is good enough for me.

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