Its claim to be the most secure messaging app on the market has led to Telegram becoming known as the terrorists’ messenger service of choice.
So how does it work, and why has it been banned in Russia?
The app sells itself as the most secure way of sending messages, which is why those with controversial views have flocked to it in their droves.
Telegram Messenger is a messaging app that works over the internet. That means you can send messages for free by using a wi-fi connection or your mobile data allowance.
According to Telegram, the service has more than 200 million monthly active users. It launched in 2013.
Which devices can use Telegram?
The Telegram app is available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows NT, macOS and Linux.
How does it differ from other messaging apps?
Telegram’s main selling point is security. It claims all its activities – including chats, groups and media – are encrypted, meaning even if they are intercepted, they won’t be visible without being deciphered first.
Why telegram messenger it banned in Russia?
Recently, a Russian court ruled that Telegram should be banned because the service refused to hand over user data. The Russian authorities claim this was to combat terrorism.