What you need to know
- Telegram has started rolling out its latest update with a focus on user privacy.
- This update removes the SIM card required for new accounts, allowing them to log in with an anonymous, blockchain-powered number.
- Topics 2.0 was also introduced, and expanded to groups of 100 or more members.
Telegram’s latest update removes the need for a SIM card for registration while also introducing Topics 2.0.
According to the official Telegram blog MailMany new features will arrive with its latest update. The first — and probably the biggest — feature was designed with the privacy and security of Telegram users in mind. This entails a couple of new additions with this update, and it all starts with Telegram no longer asking users to get a SIM card before signing up for an account.
Telegram doesn’t actually reveal your phone number to strangers, leaving it up to you who sees it and if you can be found by your phone number. Starting this week, users can create an account without a SIM card and log in with an anonymous, blockchain-powered number available through the Fragment platform.
To further advance how users can feel safe on Telegram, the platform is introducing auto-delete chats functionality. This was a feature that the company introduced to the app years agoand it’s now evolving further with this latest update, allowing users to set a global timer that automatically deletes messages in every new conversation they’re a part of.
Your existing chats won’t be affected by this timer, but Telegram states that you can easily extend the auto-delete timer to include these chats in their settings. The messaging platform Shows that users can direct to files Settings > Privacy and Security > Automatically delete messages To further customize the application as desired.
You can now automatically delete messages in smaller groups too, only if you’re a member with some sort of control over the group, like editing its name and picture.
In a final effort to improve user privacy, users who don’t have a Telegram username or hide their phone number from everyone on the platform can now generate a temporary QR code. This time-sensitive code can be sent to others so they can contact you without having to know your phone number.
cable Last updated Back in November, it brought “themes in collections and collectible usernames.” The update that’s rolling out today expands on the topics a little more as we’ve been introduced to Topics 2.0.
Topics are first expanded to include groups with 100 or more members in them. Groups were also given a default “public” channel for service messages and a pre-topic message history. This is primarily a place to find old messages, but admins can rename or hide this channel if they choose.
If you are interested in seeing all recent messages, you can now switch the view mode to View as Messages. Every message you see will come with a button showing where it was posted, and clicking on it will take you directly to the message.
To make the user interface easier to navigate, Telegram has added a bolder color to topics you’ve already visited, with those you haven’t gone to yet featuring a lighter color. Groups now also supports up to 5 pinned topics, although an unlimited number of pinned messages can be in each thread.
Spam, storage and emoji
Telegram’s update shifts gears as we go through some quality of life improvements starting with anti-spam. As with any service that allows users to message each other, spam is an unavoidable nuisance. Telegram is looking to help relieve some of the stress by adding a new proactive anti-spam feature.
Managers of groups with more than 200 members can put the full force of the anti-spam function using Telegram’s algorithm. Administrators can turn on “aggressive mode” to activate automatic spam filters throughout the group. Bugs can happen, and if they do, admins can report any messages that were erroneously removed by the anti-spam filter through the Recent Actions tab.
iOS users also gain the functionality to search for emojis that Android Telegram users have already used.
Android users also gain an improved storage usage page that is very similar to the one seen by iOS users. This page will now show how much space your chats take up. Users will also find the ability to remove individual chat media from their cache, such as photos, videos, music, and files. live sites They also got additional support from Android developers in third-party apps as they worked to improve its design.
Emoji packs are back as Telegram adds 10 more new packs of these colorful animated emoticons for users. You will find new packs like Shark, Motty, Panda, Chamomile and Koala. Much like other packages, users can use these new emojis in messages, reactions, and statuses.
Interactive emojis have been enhanced with this new update. Submitting one and clicking on it will bring up a full screen effect for colorful fun. These interactive emojis are available for all users to use as a reaction.
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