Telegram, a preferred messaging app, has been planning a premium choice since at least 2020 to assist improvement prices. Now we now have our first particulars in regards to the upcoming subscription, known as Telegram Premium.
Telgram’s founder, Pavel Durov, outlined the plan for Telegram Premium in a put up at present. “Our limits on chats, media and file uploads are unequalled,” he mentioned, “and but, many have been asking us to boost the present limits even additional, so we regarded into methods to allow you to transcend what’s already loopy. The issue right here is that if we had been to take away all limits for everybody, our server and site visitors prices would have grow to be unmanageable.”
Telegram Premium will launch later this month, as a premium subscription that may unlock extra options and assist Telegram’s improvement. Premium subscribers will even obtain entry to (a minimum of some) new options earlier than free customers.
Importantly, present options gained’t be locked behind a paywall, so the free Telegram expertise gained’t grow to be worse after Telegram Premium turns into accessible. Durov mentioned, “present options stay free, and there are many new free options coming.” That might at all times change sooner or later, however a minimum of for the second, Telegram appears useless set on persevering with to be a fantastic free messaging service.
Telegram has steadily elevated in reputation over the previous few years, principally because of its deal with privacy and cross-platform assist. The app has additionally benefited from its opponents’ ongoing privateness and repair blunders — Telegram reportedly had 70 million new installations throughout a day-long server outage at Meta (previously Fb) final October, which left Fb, Instagram, and WhatsApp non-functional.
Telegram’s encryption and inconsistent moderation has additionally made the platform a preferred goal for criticism. Telegram was reportedly considered one of many providers used to organize the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, which led to Telegram purging several extremist channels. The ‘Coalition for a Safer Internet’ filed a lawsuit against Apple final 12 months in search of Telegram’s elimination from the App Retailer, alleging it was getting used to “coordinate and incite excessive violence,” however authorized motion was dismissed by the group in February. Telegram can also be serving as a central communication tool for Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, with many movies and different details about the conflict initially coming from Telegram channels.
Supply: Pavel Durov (Telegram)