Telegram allowed to completely hide phone numbers

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Telegram developers have expanded privacy settings, allowing users to completely hide their phone numbers. Previously, even if the option “do not show my phone number to anyone” was selected, it remained visible to those who saved it in the contact list.

By adding the number to the address book, you could see to which account it is linked. Protesters in Hong Kong coordinating their actions through Telegram were concerned about this fact: they were afraid that authorities could massively add their numbers to the contact list and then find them in protest chat rooms.

In the new version of the messenger, the phone number can be hidden from all users. It was also introduced the ability to limit the circle of people who can find the user by phone number.

In addition, delayed messaging, more animated emojis, as well as the ability to create your own themes and share them, were added to the updated application. Telegram public groups can now add up to 200 thousand members.


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