WhatsApp* messaging chief Will Cathcart said Telegram does not provide end-to-end data encryption and called for abandoning the use of a competing site.

The head of WhatsApp* accused Telegram of lack of transparency and leaking of user data

On my Twitter account Cathcart wrotethat Telegram’s lack of security threatens people’s safety. In addition, the person in charge of WhatsApp* referred to the publication in Wired. The text says that Telegram vulnerabilities allegedly help Russian authorities identify anti-war activists.

According to Cathcart, the messenger also provides correspondence data to third parties, including from secret chats.

“Their e2ee (end-to-end encryption) protocols lack independent verification…Telegram lacks the real transparency embraced by most tech companies,” the WhatsApp* head wrote.

In addition, Cathcart stated that after the outbreak of hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, “it was possible to spoof Telegram’s location API to accurately identify any user within a two-mile radius if they recently turned on geolocation.”

At the same time, Cathcart admitted that he was aware of the conflict of interest in a situation involving criticism of a competitor, so he urged the use of any other “wonderful messenger.”

In 2022, Telegram overtook WhatsApp* for the first time in terms of traffic in Russia. Among the subscribers of the Tele2 operator, the audience of Pavel Durov’s messenger has doubled over the year.

*belong to Meta, recognized as an extremist in the Russian Federation and included in the list of terrorists.


Natalia Gormaleva

Source: RB

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