The popular messenger Telegram now allows users to open accounts without having to provide their mobile phone numbers. With the app’s latest update, they can instead log in with blockchain-based numbers and can be purchased using cryptocurrency on the Fragment platform.
Telegram promises “new era of privacy” with accounts that don’t require phone numbers
One of the most popular messaging services in the crypto community, Telegram, has released a new update for its application. The messenger now allows users to have an account without linking a mobile number, an option that takes privacy to a new level, according to an announcement that said:
Today begins a new era of privacy. You can have a Telegram account without a SIM card.
“On Telegram, your phone number was never visible to strangers – our users control who can see their number and whether others can find them by their phone number,” the Telegram team recalls.
However, as of now, they don’t even need one to create a new account with Telegram. Instead, they can log in using blockchain-powered numbers, which will be anonymous, the statement released Tuesday revealed.
The songs are available on Fragment and can be purchased using toncoin (TON), the cryptocurrency used on the decentralized Open Network blockchain originally designed by Telegram. Fragment launched at the end of October as a blockchain auction platform and also sells usernames.
Since May, Telegram users can send and receive toncoin directly in the chats. In 2019, the US Securities and Exchange Commission filed a case against Telegram over the toncoin project, but in 2020, the messenger settled with the regulator.
Another privacy-focused feature that comes with this update lets you set a global timer to automatically delete messages in all new chats. It can also be applied to existing chats. Self-destructing messages were introduced in 2013, but this new option expands the user’s control, the company stressed.
In June, Telegram announced that it will be launching a premium service level to monetize its platform which has more than 700 million monthly users. And in August, founder and CEO Pavel Durov alluded to a series of upcoming Web3 improvements and talked about the benefits of reserved and tradable usernames and group and channel links for auctions.
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