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Telegram Encrypted Chat App Gains Self-Destructing Video and Photo Messages


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Apr 12, 2001

Encrypted messaging app Telegram received an update on Sunday that makes it the latest chat platform to embrace Snapchat-style disappearing messages.

Up until now, Telegram users have only been able to send text-based "secret chats" that self-delete, but in version 4.2 of the app they can now share videos and photos armed with a self-destruct timer.

Timers are set using the clock icon in the media picker and can be anything up to one minute long. The countdown starts the moment the recipient opens the photo or video that's sent, and the sender is notified if the recipient tries to take a screenshot of the disappearing media.

Elsewhere in the update, there's an improved photo editor and a speed boost for media downloads from large public channels, thanks to new encrypted content delivery networks.

Lastly, users can now add a bio to their profile in settings, so that people in large group chats know who they are. Telegram is a free download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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macrumors 6502
Jul 14, 2008
If they try? Does it somehow inhibit screen shots? Or did you mean notified if the recipient *decides* to take a screenshot?

Self-destruct message is false sense of security. Sending being notified will not prevent that info being re-distribute. Second, someone can always use another camera to take a picture of phone's screen. You can argue that then that info should never been sent in the first place. Then what's the whole point of self-destruct in the first place?
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