Telegram is updating its messaging app with choices for auto-deleting messages, expiring invite hyperlinks, and new limitless teams, the corporate shared in a blog post. Very like Sign, Telegram received a burst of new users within the confusion over WhatsApp’s privateness coverage and now the corporate is adopting options that have been already a part of its opponents’ apps, options which provide extra safety and privateness.
Auto-deleting messages have been already doable in Telegram’s encrypted Secret Chats, however this new replace for iOS and Android provides the choice to make messages disappear in any form of chat. Auto-delete may be enabled inside chats, and set to delete both 24 hours or seven days after messages are despatched. Auto-delete received’t take away each message although; if a message was despatched earlier than the function was turned on, it’ll stick round. Telegram’s opponents have had related options: WhatsApp launched a feature in 2020 and Sign has had disappearing messages since at least 2016.
Telegram’s additionally making adjustments to teams which may enable for the form of immediate, informative audio experiences which have turn out to be standard on Clubhouse. New “Broadcast Teams” enable for a limiteless variety of members, however restrict creating posts to group admins to allow them to, effectively, broadcast. Voice chats however are open to everybody in a broadcast group, and Telegram thinks the function must be “excellent for giant communities, the place individuals can comply with alongside and catch unique interviews, information, or simply informal talks”.
To assist preserve these teams unique (or develop them quick) Telegram is including in expiring invite hyperlinks that may be set to run out after a sure variety of makes use of, a sure period of time, or each. With the brand new invitations, group admins ought to be capable to higher reasonable who joins and preserve non-public subject material slightly extra non-public.
Many customers left WhatsApp for Telegram out of concern that Fb would learn their messages. Increasing privateness options like auto-delete looks as if a great way for Telegram to deal with these considerations. However even with new privateness choices, Telegram nonetheless doesn’t universally supply a function many customers count on — end-to-end encryption.
All messages on Telegram are technically encrypted, however Secret Chats are the one ones which can be solely viewable on the gadgets of the individuals collaborating. It’s a distinction that Telegram says enables features like the new broadcast groups, however even with auto-delete it may be a dealbreaker for you.
You may see the full list of new features on Telegram’s weblog.