Over the past year, Telegram is busy collecting user data and ignoring its users. But this year, the company promises its users a handful of offerings. One of them is the ability to add multiple accounts on Android.
How many accounts can you add?
The latest version of the app adds support up to three accounts with different phone numbers. You can switch between accounts using the side menu. Then, you’ll receive notifications for every account, whether it is active or not.
However, this update is only available for Android users. But don’t worry iOS users. Telegram has something to offer as well. One of them is the ability to change how the app looks like by going to the Appearance setting.
In the iOS version, Apple users can now pick from several themes, including a day and night time themes. They all have different colors that you can tweak. Although this update is not as useful as the multiple accounts feature, it may soon be available to Apple users.
Even though Apple users can’t have the multiple accounts support on Telegram, both Android and iOS users will have quick replies feature. In here, you can swipe left to write an answer for that specific conversation. Doing so will prevent you from writing multiple responses without confusion.
In early December, Telegram released its 4.6 version that introduced granular settings for better link previews, improved security and embeds for messages, etc.
Telegram’s 4.7 version can be downloaded from Google Play and App Store. It launched just weeks after the 4.6 version was released.
Meanwhile, some people in Iran could not access this messaging app after the company didn’t close down its several channels. Now, the app’s executives are heeding the calls from the Iranian government officials to police its users.
In Iran, this app is a primary platform for information. It has over 40 million users in a country with 80 million people. Reports stated that the app played a part in the anti-government protests. On Saturday, counter-rallies emerged to support the government.
And on Saturday, Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, the Iranian telecommunications minister, messaged Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram:
“@Durov: A Telegram channel is encouraging hateful conduct, use of Molotov cocktails, armed uprising, and social unrest. NOW is the time to stop such encouragements via Telegram.”
And Pavel Durov responded:
“Calls for violence are prohibited by the Telegram rules. If confirmed, we’ll have to block such a channel, regardless of its size and political affiliation.”
But Durov’s tweet only came on the third night of protest.
On Saturday, AFP reported that multiple news companies in the country were saying that Telegram could be blocked.
Then on Sunday, Telegram’s CEO blocked the majority of Iranians from accessing the app. The app has been the main platform for many people in this country to share videos about the protests.
Users reported that they could no longer access the app using its cellphone networks. However, they could still reach it through WiFi and home Internet connections.
The company had blocked more than 8,500 channels that are related to terrorism.
In a blog post, Durov wrote:
“For us, the line is pretty straightforward. Criticizing local authorities, challenging the status quo and engaging in political debate are OK. Meanwhile, promoting violence and calling for actions that can harm innocent people are not OK. This is a rule of thumb we’re always applying when moderating public channels.”
Will the company permanently bow to the government’s desire to curb independent sources of information? Or will it remain transparent to its users who use the platform to communicate freely? The company has an obligation to Iranians at this moment. Will it use it wisely or humanely?