The historic rival of WhatsApp, Telegram, revealed this Monday that increased the capacity of group video calls on their platform, which now support up to 1,000 participants simultaneously.
Group video calls on Telegram are within the voice chat options. At the moment, the platform allows up to 30 people can stream video from their device, although the number of people who can participate only as spectators has increased.
In this sense, the messaging application has raised the limit to 1,000 viewers, a figure that, as explained on its official blog, they hope to continue increasing that figure “Until all humans on Earth can join a group call and watch us sing to celebrate.”
At the moment, the platform allows up to 30 people to stream video from their device. Photo: DPA
This novelty is accompanied by other changes in the platform, such as higher resolution in video messages, which allows them to be expanded; different playback speeds of normal videos (0.5x, 1.5x and 2x, and 0.2x on Android); share the videos from a timestamp and the screen with sound in any video call.
Likewise, Telegram reported that the messages of the chats can be automatically deleted after the passage of a day, a week and now also a month.
On iOS, for example, it introduced the ability to forward a message to multiple recipients.
In April 2020, Telegram had committed to incorporating the group video calling option. With the advance of the pandemic and isolation, this feature was to be expected on the platform; although the actual incorporation took a year.
Espionage against the creator of Telegram
On the other hand, the founder of the encrypted messaging service Telegram, Pável Dúrov, one of the potential affected by the spy program of Pegasus, recently expressed hope that politicians will act against these surveillance tools.
“So far, despite the current monopolization of the market increasing costs and violating the privacy and freedom of expression of billions (of people), officials have acted very slowly,” he wrote on his Telegram account.
Pavel Durov, creator of Telegram.
“I hope that the news that they themselves have been the target of these surveillance tools will incite politicians to change their minds,” added the Russian, who revealed that he has known since at least 2018 that one of their phone numbers was included in a list of potential targets of this type of surveillance programs.
Dúrov indicated that a source from the Israeli company NSO Group, who developed the Pegasus software implicated in spying on activists, journalists or politicians from various countries, including 14 leaders, such as the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.
“Personally I was not worried: since 2011, when I was still living in Russia, I got used to assuming that all my phones were compromised,” he said.
“Anyone who gains access to my data will be totally disappointed – they will have to review thousands of concept designs for Telegram functions and millions of messages related to our product development process. You will not find any important information there,” Dúrov said.