Telegram is Criminal Because People Use It to Speak Out Against Tyranny, German Justice Minister Says

There is nothing that threatens our democracy more than people being allowed to freely converse on the internet.

If there is one thing a democracy simply cannot survive, it is open discussion of ideas.

Telegram is the last major platform where people are allowed to speak freely.

It’s probably not a coincidence that it’s also the most easy to attach to people’s personal identities, given that it requires a phone number (and even restricts Google Voice numbers). But that’s not the point I want to make right now, and with this vax tracking control grid about to implement biometrics, I’m not really even sure that matters much anymore.

Telegram has become a haven for people wanting to have conversations normally, as we all did on Twitter and YouTube before 2017. That isn’t going to last forever.

It’s lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. And the company has made a lot of money by being the only major functional free speech platform, and advertising privacy (which is a lie, but okay, nb4 “it’s open source bro” – you’re a retard and shut up).

But Pavel Durov himself said probably a year ago that the bottleneck was going to be the app stores – Google and Apple both have unilateral ability to ban apps. Eventually, that is going to happen. The new German Justice Minister just effectively called the app terrorism, and that is not an appeal to Telegram – it’s an appeal to Google and Apple.

Telegram is a very big app now, used a lot more for personal messaging than Twitter-style message board posts. It functions better than WhatsApp and is becoming a de facto replacement of WhatsApp, and I don’t think they’re going to sacrifice their place in the app stores on free speech principles.

Of course, on Android phones, you can still install the app from their site (it’s just a couple of clicks, not some leet haxor operation). But you can’t do that on Apple. And even though Apple’s market share is shrinking, it’s still very popular, and everyone has friends that have iPhones. Which would mean that they would be forced to migrate back to WhatsApp as their primary messenger. That would effectively kill Telegram, relegating it to a platform exclusively for people banned from everything else.

Again, I thought Apple would pull the plug earlier. And maybe it is the surveillance aspect that’s preventing that. But this definitely isn’t going to last forever.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any great recommendations.

Well, as always, I recommend Signal for personal messaging, which actually is open source and as legit as it gets. But that doesn’t offer the “room to do tweet style posts” feature (and if it did it would end up on the chopping block too).

Session is based on the code of Signal, and doesn’t require a phone number, and does have group chats. You can probably set up a group chat with only one person allowed to post, I guess, giving it Telegram functionality. The problem is that the program doesn’t really work.

But hey – I guess we’ll figure it out.

For now, if there’s anyone you like on Telegram and want to keep in contact with, I’d get them on Signal. Because sooner or later, there is a major purge coming, where all of these interesting channels are going to get deleted all at once. (Technically, it will go in phases – but you know what I mean. We all understand the way tech censorship programs work at this point.)