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It's not open source

about Telegram · · 1 Helpful

Telegramm is not better than WhatsApp or similar apps.
Screw them for there only Phone number policy
-- Riot.im user

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Not Open-Source

about Telegram · · 1 Helpful

According to EFF - Telegram is NOT open-source as stated.

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Security no longer matters

Comment by CrimsonAngel253
about Telegram · Apr 2017 · 3 Helpful

Just so everyone is aware, security and encryption on any mobile device don't matter anymore. WikiLeaks released info that the CIA and NSA have had the ability to compromise almost any mobile device with or w/o root access and intercept keystrokes, screen display data, and anything else they want before whatever you send is encrypted and sent.

I'm not saying don't use it! By George, always make it harder for anyone to intercept your data! I'm just saying don't feel like you're so secure in your shell when the big guys have had hidden devices inside all along.

And as always, take everything you read with a grain of salt. Do your own research.

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Positive

about Telegram · · 2 Helpful

Excellent messenger for those who always want to be in touch .

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Finally a secure alternative

about Telegram and WhatsApp Messenger · · 2 Helpful

Great app, although a little confusing to start using at first. Was looking for a replacement to another messaging app that wasn't private enough (don't trust anything owned by Facebook anymore) and this one seemed quite popular and safe. End-to-end encryption, self-destruct timers and most importantly, their secret chats that cannot be accessed on the cloud are great.

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Open Source kind of confusing

about Telegram · · 4 Helpful

While the client itself is open source, there are a lot of parts of telegram that aren't. It is not possible to look through the whole process of one client writing another. I think to make that problem more clear telegram should actually be put in the category Free and not open source.

I'm questioning the "Open source" as well. Even the client isn't really "Open source" any more at least not the one they are using. The provide an open source code base on Github but you can tell by there releases and updates that they themselves are not using it in a very open manner.

Thanks for changing the label to Free, I think at least for now it fits way better than Open Source. Anyways we will see on their website they are claiming that eventually they want to make everything open source even though I doubt it.

they can't put their encription code open source, so exept this is opensource

Thanks for changing the tag to free, I think it has the correct labeling now.

ups, I didnt noticed it, Im new in this site and Im trying to understand it, so please be patient

From the Telegram FAQ:

Q: Why not open source everything?
All code will be released eventually. We started with the most useful parts — a well-documented API that allows developers to build new Telegram apps, and open source clients that can be verified by security specialists.

Well, nice that they want to do it at some point, but as for now, the security-critical parts are not open source. As long as that is the case, the tag should be free not open source.

I totally agree to Johannski. All code will be released eventually is wishy-washy.

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This software is free software (as in freedom)

Comment by Raposo
about Telegram · Jun 2014 · -2 Helpful

Where is the server code then?

It's not open source idiot

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