Competitive conflicts between heads of IT companies are extremely rare. Even the apparent intransigence of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates was more ostentatious, aimed at fans of Apple and Microsoft, rather than a real confrontation. In fact, usually top managers try not to criticize each other directly, and if they do so, it is very covertly. In this sense, Pavel Durov is an exception, since he often allows himself not only criticism of competitors, but also directly calls on users to abandon their products in favor of their own.
WhatsApp has been and remains a traditional subject of Durov’s criticism. The entrepreneur has repeatedly spoken out against the competing messenger, criticizing the approach of its creators to ensuring the safety of users, as well as communication with advertisers and special services. However, this time he has a new claim, which is that Facebook (owns WhatsApp) allegedly started digging for Telegram. Durov wrote about this in your telegram channel, for some reason limiting ourselves only to the English version.
What’s wrong with WhatsApp
According to the entrepreneur, the management of WhatsApp, which was unable to compete with Telegram by honest methods, turned to subversive activities. Wikipedia editors recently discovered several paid bots that added biased information about WhatsApp to the encyclopedia, as well as spread it on social networks. Moreover, almost all the information they publish is based on three myths designed to discredit Telegram and its creators, provoking a backflow of users.
Myth 1: Telegram code is not open source.
In fact, Telegram has been open source since 2013. The encryption algorithms and the messenger API are fully documented and have been repeatedly tested by security experts. Moreover, Telegram is the only messenger in the world that has verifiable builds for both iOS and Android. Unlike WhatsApp.
Myth 2: Telegram is Russian.
Telegram does not have servers or offices in Russia and was even blocked on the territory of this country from 2018 to 2020, despite the fact that the main group of messenger creators are still citizens of Russia.
Myth 3: Telegram is not encrypted.
Every Telegram chat has been encrypted since the launch of the messenger. Telegram has secret chats that are protected with end-to-end encryption, and cloud chats that are stored in the cloud but are carefully encrypted. The same WhatsApp did not use encryption at all for several years and then adopted an encryption protocol funded by the US government.
WhatsApp vs Telegram
In fact, the bulk of Durov’s claims to the rival messenger remained the same. The only news that came to me was the existence of bots that post custom information about WhatsApp. It’s hard to believe, but Durov cited as evidence link to Wikipedia with a discussion where there was a note that an article about WhatsApp could be created or edited in exchange for undisclosed payments, which is a violation of the terms of the encyclopedia. It turns out that everything that Durov says about competitors is true?
Source: AppleInsider.ru — крупнейший сайт о iPhone, iPad, Mac в России by appleinsider.ru.
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