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Telegram Update Adds Ability to Send Silent Messages, Animated Emojis

Just press and hold the send button to choose the send without sound option

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The ability to send messages silently essentially means if the users want to message to someone but don't want their device to make a sound, they can now choose to send without sound. Pixabay

Private instant messaging and voice over IP service Telegram has rolled out updates that bring the ability to send silent messages and animated emojis for the users.

The ability to send messages silently essentially means if the users want to message to someone but don’t want their device to make a sound, they can now choose to send without sound.

“Just press and hold the send button to choose the send without sound option,” GSMArena reported on Saturday.

This means if the person receiving the message is in a meeting or is asleep would just get a notification on their display, but the app would not make a sound.

Telegram, Silent Messages, Animated Emojis
Private instant messaging and voice over IP service Telegram has rolled out updates that bring the ability to send silent messages and animated emojis for the users. Pixabay

“Another awesome new feature is video thumbnails and timestamps. When you scrub through a video, it will show a thumbnail so you know where you are in the video. Also, if you add a timestamp to a message with a video then clicking that timestamp will take you to that exact spot in the linked video,” the report added.

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The new update also brings animated emoji that would make certain emojis display in an animated version every time they are posted in the Telegram chat. (IANS)

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Why Is Telegram Founder Durov Asking People To Delete Whatsapp?

Here's why Telegram founder Pavel Durov is asking people to delete WhatsApp from their mobiles

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Telegram Founder Pavel Durov asks people to delete WhatsApp. Wikimedia Commons

Telegram founder Parel Durov, in his post on the platform, has urged people to delete WhatsApp unless they are “okay with surveillance”, media reports said.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which has been mired by a snooping row, is used as a Trojan horse to spy on the users’ non-WhatsApp content that includes images stored on their smartphones, according to Durov.

“Unless you are cool with all of your photos and messages becoming public one day, you should delete WhatsApp from your phone,” Durov said on his Telegram channel to his 335,000 followers, Forbes reported on Thursday.

WhatsApp has a huge global user base of 1.6 billion users while Telegram has 200 million users globally.

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WhatsApp has a huge global user base of 1.6 billion users while Telegram has 200 million users globally. Pixabay

Earlier this week, WhatsApp had urged users to update to the latest version of after a second security flaw was discovered.

The latest WhatsApp security vulnerability gives hackers a cyber-attack vector. If someone has sent you an MP4 file on WhatsApp, you should guard against downloading it as hackers may use a critical vulnerability in the Facebook-owned app to execute snooping attack on both Android and iOS devices.

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“The vulnerability is classified as ‘Critical’ severity that affected an unknown code block of the component MP4 File Handler in WhatsApp,” reported gbhackers.com.

Facebook had issued an advisory, saying “A stack-based buffer overflow could be triggered in WhatsApp by sending a specially crafted MP4 file to a WhatsApp user.” (IANS)