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Telegram is upping its game with a sleuth of new features and improved updates. In a Halloween special release, the messaging app got the feature of pinning multiple messages in the group as well as personal chats, along with several otheruseful updates. In a blog posted on 30 October, Telegram said that users will be now able to track someone’s live location and get alerts when they are close (only if they share their location with you). The major competitor of WhatsApp also released various new Halloween-themed animated emoticons.

Now users would be able to edit a picture they have received and send it back without having to download it and again upload it.

 

Telegram Ban Lifted by Brazil Supreme Court After Platform Complies With Order to Remove Some Accounts

 

Popular instant messaging app Telegram is being banned in Brazil for facilitating misinformation. While the reason seems legitimate, the way the WhatsApp rival has been suspended in the country is nothing short of funny. According to a statement from Telegram’s founder and CEO Pavel Durov, the company did not see the emails from the Brazilian Supreme Court because his company was checking the wrong email address. Yes, you heard that right. The company was checking the wrong email address and that’s why Telegram was not able to address the issues highlighted by the Brazilian Supreme Court.

Durov, in his statement said that it seems that Telegram had an issue with emails going between the company’s telegram.org corporate addresses and the Brazilian Supreme Court. He explained that his company asked the court to send future takedown requests “to a dedicated email address.” However, the court did not do that and kept using the old general-purpose email address and Telegram missed them. Now, the instant messaging app is getting banned in the South American nation.

 

Brazil’s Supreme Court revoked on Sunday an order suspending the use of messaging app Telegram in the country after the company complied with court requests to block accounts that allegedly spread disinformation, according to a statement on the court’s website.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the suspension, saying Telegram had repeatedly refused to adhere to judicial orders to freeze accounts spreading fake news or comply with the country’s laws.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov responded by apologising for the company’s “negligence” in replying to court orders.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and his supporters have increasingly relied upon Telegram as a form of mass communication as larger tech companies like Meta, which owns messaging app WhatsApp, Alphabet’s Google and Twitter have adhered to Supreme Court orders to drop offending accounts over allegedly spreading disinformation.

Moraes had given a Sunday deadline for Telegram to comply with its orders, including freezing accounts belonging to Allan dos Santos, an activist linked to Bolsonaro.

In the Supreme Court statement, Moraes said Telegram had shown “full compliance.”

SAO PAULO: Brazil’s Supreme Court revoked on Sunday an order suspending the use of messaging app Telegram in the country after the company complied with court requests to block accounts that allegedly spread disinformation, according to a statement on the court’s website.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the suspension, saying Telegram had repeatedly refused to adhere to judicial orders to freeze accounts spreading fake news or comply with the country’s laws.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov responded by apologizing for the company’s “negligence” in replying to court orders.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and his supporters have increasingly relied upon Telegram as a form of mass communication as larger tech companies like Meta, which owns messaging app WhatsApp, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter have adhered to Supreme Court orders to drop offending accounts over allegedly spreading disinformation.

Telegram Said to Surpass WhatsApp to Become Russia’s Top Messenger

 

Telegram has overtaken WhatsApp to become Russia’s most popular messaging tool, the mobile operator Megafon said on Monday, with Russians flocking to the service as Moscow restricts some digital services.

WhatsApp owner Meta is embroiled in a Russian court case, with prosecutors seeking to label it an “extremist organisation”, and authorities have actively promoted Telegram as they have banned other foreign platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has added fuel to a simmering dispute between foreign digital platforms and Moscow.

Megafon, one of Russia’s four main telecoms operators, said its analysis of mobile internet traffic showed that Telegram’s share had jumped to 63 percent in the first two weeks of March from 48 percent in the first two weeks of February.

WhatsApp’s share dropped to 32 percent from 48 percent, Megafon said.

The average Telegram user consumed 101 MB of data a day, compared to 26 MB for WhatsApp.

Telegram’s Latest Update Adds Download Manager, New Attachment Menu and More

 

elegram has started rolling out a new update to help users control downloads, share documents, re-arrange media albums before sending, turn your channel into a TV station, and more. Users are advised to keep their app for Android and iPhones updated to enjoy the latest benefits. Recently, the platform’s founder stressed the importance of privacy amid the Russia-Ukraine turmoil. Telegram founder Pavel Durov is part Ukrainian as his mother’s side of the family Kyiv.

Coming to the updates, the company, in the blog post, said that users can now manage downloads better. Through a dedicated folder, users can prioritise downloads and check status. The platform currently allows users to send files of any type up to 2GB each. Users will need to tap the icon or go to the ‘Downloads’ tab in Search to view and manage downloading files. The iPhone version of the app is also getting a new interface to help users send attachments seamlessly. Once users select multiple images, they can customise the album preview by simply using the drag and drop solution. The updated Files tab further shows recently sent files and lets users search for them by name. Similarly, the Android version is getting a new update that already exists on the iOS client. As a part of the update, chat headers will have a translucent finish to elevate the interface.

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