Telegram Messenger is one of the top-5 most downloaded apps in the world. In 2023, it passed 800 million monthly active users. The company is based in Dubai.

Telegram is committed to protecting user privacy and human rights such as freedom of speech and assembly. It has played a prominent role in pro-democracy movements around the world, including in Iran, Russia, Belarus, Myanmar and Hong Kong.

Pavel Durov is the founder, owner and CEO of Telegram. He left Russia in 2014, after losing control of his previous company for refusing to hand over the data of Ukrainian protesters to security agencies. Pavel Durov lives in Dubai and holds a dual citizenship of the United Arab Emirates and France.

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Everything sent on Telegram is securely encrypted. Researchers can independently verify the app's security using Telegram's open source code, fully-documented encryption protocols and reproducible builds.

Telegram has an ongoing bug bounty program that rewards those who find any potential flaws in our security so they can be fixed. To date, no way to break the Telegram encryption has ever been found.

More about security in the Telegram FAQ »


Unlike other messaging and social media apps, Telegram collects no data about its users – not even a name or a birthday – only a phone number is needed to sign up. Telegram’s sustainable monetization model allows the app to cover its development costs while protecting the privacy of its users.

More in Telegram's Privacy Policy »

Verified information

We believe the most effective way to combat misinformation is to give readers the tools and information to scrutinize the media they consume.

Telegram is used by news outlets, fact-checking organizations and health ministries to broadcast verified information directly to millions of users.

Press contacts

For media requests, please contact @PressBot on Telegram.

Articles about Telegram


  • Bloomberg, This $5 Billion Encrypted App Isn't for Sale at Any Price
  • TechCrunch, Telegram Hits 100M Monthly Active Users, 350k New Users Each Day
  • Fortune, With Telegram, a reclusive social media star rises again
  • The Verge, Telegram hits 100M users as CEO voices support for Apple over FBI
  • The Baffler, The Crypto-Keepers by Yasha Levine
  • WIRED, Telegram's Pavel Durov: Podcast 256
  • New York Times, Once celebrated in Russia, Pavel Durov chooses exile
  • WIRED, Pavel Durov: 'Messaging apps shouldn't make money'
  • TechCrunch, Telegram Now Seeing 12BN Daily Messages, Up From 1BN In February
  • TechCrunch, Telegram adds Usernames and Hold-To-View for media
  • The Guardian, Telegram: the instant messaging app freeing up Iranians' conversations
  • Wall Street Journal, Iranians Turn to Telegram App Amid Protests
  • The Verge, Surveillance drives South Koreans to encrypted messaging apps
  • TechCrunch, Telegram saw 8m downloads after WhatsApp got acquired
  • The Telegraph, What is Telegram: the new WhatsApp?
  • Bloomberg, Telegram gets a boost from WhatsApp deal
  • TechCrunch, Meet Telegram — a secure messaging app from the founder of VK
  • Silicon Allee, Pavel Durov's Telegram the latest move against surveilance
  • BBC News, Telegram offers award to crack encryption
  • The Next Web, Secure messaging app Telegram offers 200.000 to the first peson who can break their encryption
  • The Verge, Why Telegram has become the hottest messaging app in the world
  • Vice Motherboard, Crime, Punishment, and Russia's Original Social Network — the story of Paul Durov
  • Dazed, Pavel Durov, a tech individualist for a post-Snowden world


  • El País, Pavel Durov: “Culpar a una aplicación de los atentados de París es como culpar a un fabricante de martillos que se usan para matar”
  • Wayerless, Telegram ya superó los 100 millones de usuarios activos
  • CNN en Español, Telegram: “Abrir la 'puerta trasera' de las aplicaciones ayudaría a terroristas”
  • Hipertextual, La gran evolución de Telegram en apenas dos años
  • El Confidencial, Cinco motivos que te harán cambiar WhatsApp por Telegram
  • Andro4all, Por qué deberíamos desinstalar WhatsApp y usar Telegram ahora mismo
  • Hipertextual, Todo lo que tiene Telegram que no tiene WhatsApp
  • El País, Pavel Durov: “No me gusta el estilo de vida de los ricos”
  • El Diario, Pavel Durov, creador de Telegram: “ninguna aplicación es 100% segura”
  • Las Ultimas Noticias, El ruso que creó la aplicación que amenaza a WhatsApp
  • El Economista, Los puntos fuertes y débiles de Telegram, una nueva app contra Whatsapp
  • Alt1040, En España Telegram crece a un ritmo de 150 mil usuarios al día
  • Engadget ES, ¿Es Telegram el sustituto definitivo de WhatsApp?
  • Bitelia, Telegram: alternativa open source de Whatsapp con mensajes que se autodestruyen
  • Computer Hoy, Telegram, la app de mensajería más segura que WhatsApp
  • El Economista, Telegram, la alternativa a Whatsapp, se actualiza y ya está en español


  • La Stampa, Crescita record per Telegram, raggiunti i 100 milioni di utenti
  • WIRED IT, Tutto quello che devi sapere su Telegram
  • La Repubblica, Repubblica anche su Telegram: tutti i canali per essere informati
  • Vanity Fair, Telegram, 20 trucchi per usare meglio la chat
  • ANSA, Telegram, 5 cose essenziali da sapere
  •, Telegram, alternativa (con privacy e sicura) a Whatsapp
  • Il Sole 24 Ore, Con WhatsApp nelle mani di Facebook gli utenti cercano l'alternativa Telegram
  • Il Sole 24 Ore, Ecco chi è Pavel Durov, il russo (nato a Torino) che vuole eclissare WhatsApp

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