Hong Kong Protests: How does messaging app Telegram work and why is it so popular?

Hong Kong Protests: How does messaging app Telegram work and why is it so popular?

The cloud-based instant messaging app has become one of the most popular tools of the anti-government demonstrations

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Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app that allows messages to be encrypted. It became one of Hong Kong's most downloaded apps during the anti-extradition bill protests.

Many protestors form groups to provide updates, exchange details on how and where to protest, as well as to request additional supplies. Some chat groups even have tens of thousands of members.

Here is an explanation of how it works:  

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Maria Lena

23:55pm

For the conversation & all chats, Telegram will provide encryption between the client and server, that is a good start–WhatsApp does not do this, though it does encrypt its message databases. Also, Telegram uses a homegrown encryption protocol called MTProto rather than industry-standard Transport Layer Security (TLS),(https://****assignmentsplanet.co.uk/assignment-writing-service/) and some researchers have claimed it is possible to snoop on chats if you compromise Telegram’s servers.

Maria Lena

00:02am

For the conversation & all chats, Telegram will provide encryption between the client and server, that is a good start–WhatsApp does not do this, though it does encrypt its message databases. Also, Telegram uses a homegrown encryption protocol called MTProto rather than industry-standard Transport Layer Security (TLS),(https://assignmentsplanet.co.uk/assignment-writing-service/) and some researchers have claimed it is possible to snoop on chats if you compromise Telegram’s servers.

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