Telegram Messenger founder Pavel Durov claimed bots were being used to discredit his popular messaging app on Wikipedia.
We have also detected bots disseminating inaccurate information on Telegram on social networks ”, he said.
Pavel claims Telegram has become a major problem for Facebook and he has heard that the company has an entire department devoted to understanding why it is popular.
“With around 500 million users and growing, Telegram has become a major problem for the Facebook company. Unable to compete with Telegram in terms of quality and privacy, Facebook’s WhatsApp appears to have shifted to covert marketing: Wikipedia editors recently exposed several pay bots adding biased information to WhatsApp’s Wikipedia article, ”he said. -he declares.
Telegram discovered that the robots are spreading myths about them that Pavel says they are not true. The first myth was that Telegram was not open source. The second myth was that the app was “Russian” and the third myth was that the app was not encrypted. Pavel explained in detail with quotes why these were bogus.
“In 2019 alone, Facebook spent almost $ 10 billion on marketing, I guess that includes paid bots on Wikipedia and other sites,” Pavel retorted.
Pavel Durov’s response comes at a time when Facebook is receiving a lot of backlash against WhatsApp’s latest policy change. This week, people received notices from WhatsApp to consent to their data sharing, which led to people migrating to Telegram or even Signal Messenger.