Telegram is a digital messaging app that you can use for 1-on-1 and group text chats, as well as 1-on-1 audio and video chat. You can also create broadcast messages, known as channels on Telegram. Groups have up to 200,000 people and can include group voice chats.
Current known uses in the sector
- Telegram is used by many newcomers. Some service providers have begun to use Telegram to communicate with Newcomers, as well as created groups for larger conversations/chats.
- Telegram can be used in Citizenship Preparation, Community Connections, Employment-related, Information and Orientation, Library Settlement Partnership, Settlement Workers in Schools, Pre-Arrival to communicate securely and effectively with Newcomers who prefer digital messaging as a way to stay connected and informed.
Telegram is free
Ease of use & Accessibility
Easy to use (if you use WhatsApp, it’s very similar). Telegram doesn’t have information about accessibility on its site.
Telegram is a mobile app for Android and iOS.
Privacy/security features, including data security and message encryption
Telegram has some privacy/security features, but it is important to be aware of what is and is not fully secure on the app. Secret Chats are end to end encrypted. Group chats (text or voice) are not. Telegram writes that they “support end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls.”
According to Telegram the app “is officially available in English, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Korean, Malay, Russian and Ukrainian on most platforms, and we are gradually expanding the list of languages built into the apps.”