The popular Messenger Telegram now allows users to open accounts without having to provide their mobile phone numbers. With the latest app update, they can log in using blockchain-based numbers instead, and they can be purchased with cryptocurrency on the Fragment platform.
Telegram promises a “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 to its app. Messenger now allows users to get an account without linking a mobile phone number, an option that takes privacy to a new level, according to the announcement by Asar:
Today begins a new era of privacy. You can have a Telegram account without a SIM card.
The Telegram team stated that “On Telegram, your phone number is never visible to strangers – our users control who can see their number and whether others are allowed to find them by their phone number.”
However, from now on, they will not even need an account to create a new account with Telegram. Instead, they will be able to log in using blockchain-powered numbers, which will be anonymous, the statement released on Tuesday revealed.
The numbers will be available on Fragment, and can be purchased using toncoin (TON), the cryptocurrency used on the decentralized open network blockchain originally designed by Telegram. Fragment was launched in late October as a blockchain auction platform that also sells usernames.
Since May, Telegram users can send and receive toncoin directly within chats. In 2019, the US Securities and Exchange Commission sued Telegram over the toncoin project, but in 2020 the messenger settled with the regulator.
Another privacy-oriented feature that comes with this update allows you to set up a global timer to automatically delete messages in all new chats. It can be applied to existing chats as well. Self-destructing messages were introduced in 2013, but this new option expands the user’s control, the company noted.
In June, Telegram announced that it was launching a premium tier of services, seeking to monetize its platform of more than 700 million monthly users. And in August, founder and CEO Pavel Durov hinted at a series of upcoming improvements to Web3 and talked about the benefits of reserved and tradable usernames, group links and channels for auction.
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