Telegram is adding secure video group chat support at some point in 2020
The Telegram messaging service has announced that it is now at 400 million monthly active users. Alongside this milestone and other statistics, the CEO and Founder of Telegram Pavel Durov also mentioned recently implemented features alongside an important upcoming one in the face of COVID-19.
Durov's official blog post announces that Telegram will receive support for secure group video calls some time this year, citing that the global lockdown currently in place due to the novel coronavirus has "highlighted the need for a trusted video communication tool." Durov claims there is no app or service out there that provides both truly secure and functional group video calls, with Telegram's alternative services only providing secure or functional group video chatting functionality.
In addition to this upcoming functionality, Durov highlights the fact that Telegram is "the #1 most downloaded social media application in over 20 countries," citing the popularity of features such as cloud storage, desktop app support, and folders as some of the main draws to the service over its competition. Various other recent improvements to the service, such as improvements to Telegram's macOS app and a new attachment menu on the service's Android app, are also detailed.
Telegram is currently available for Android and iOS alongside Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. It can be downloaded from Telegram.org. Chats are not end-to-end encrypted by default, so please make sure to enable the "Secret Chat" feature in order to ensure your communications with others are safe.