30 апреля 2024 09:56 / IT новости

The real face of Telegram. Why is it dangerous to use a popular messenger and is it worth blocking in Ukraine?


The real face of Telegram. Why is it dangerous to use a popular messenger and is it worth blocking in Ukraine?

April 29, 10:05 NV Premium Share:

Russians use Telegram to spread fakes about the war in Ukraine (Photo: DR)

On the evening of April 28, Telegram unreasonably blocked a number of official bots that countered Russian aggression against Ukraine, in particular, the main intelligence bot was blocked. However, already on the morning of April 29, the chatbots of the Main Intelligence Directorate and the Security Service of Ukraine resumed work on the platform. Such actions by the messenger restarted the discussion in society about the advisability of using Telegram in Ukraine and its security for the state.

An article about Telegram was first published on NV.UA on March 3, 2024.

In my opinion, we also agreed with Telegram, everything works,” this is how Vladimir Putin commented on the work of the popular messenger in the Russian Federation during a direct line in 2021.

This passage regarding Telegram from the Russian dictator was not accidental: the Kremlin, according to experts, after a short confrontation, actually agreed with the team of the founder of the messenger Pavel Durov. Even Roskomnadzor then noticed that positively evaluates the willingness expressed by the founder of Telegram to counter terrorism and extremism.”

However, such publicly emphasized loyalty of Moscow to the messenger did not prevent it from gaining wild popularity in Ukraine. If on the eve of a full-scale Russian invasion, 40% of Ukrainians used the platform to communicate ( it ranked fifth among social networks) and another 20% perceived Telegram as a source of information, now the messenger has become the absolute leader for communication and news consumption in Ukraine.