"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Telegram Messenger as a Possible Alternative to WhatsApp

We are REALLY ANGRY about the attempt by Facebook to harvest data from WhatsApp conversations for its private gain, a course of action which we hold to be fraudulent and illegal and contrary to promises it made when it acquired WhatsApp. Our low opinion of Facebook is confirmed again.

We are looking now at the app Telegram Messenger, which is a very interesting alternative. Ellis Hamburger at the Verge wrote about Telegram in a somewhat dated but still useful article at Why Telegram has become the hottest messaging app in the world. Telegram has certainly been popular in Europe in recent years and has over 100 million downloads.

Telegram is not without some issues -- see the Wikipedia, but we have had it with Facebook, and realize now that WhatsApp is a doomed messaging platform in the hands of the insatiable and dishonorable Facebook octopus.

Telegram thus far has proven itself quite secure. It most certainly will never find itself as a Facebook gopher.