Secure chat app Telegram adds self-destructing photos & videos, bios & more

In the Telegram, a number of innovations

The app has delivered on its promise for encryption and security of conversation, which is why it often runs into controversies with governments.

The improvements in this version of Telegram don't stop there with large group chats (100K+ members) getting encrypted Content Distribution Network (CDN) to cache publicly available photos and videos. There have been various changes which have been introduced with this update to the app.

- Send self-destructing photos and videos to any one-on-one chats (use the clock icon in the media picker to set a timer).

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One of the biggest changes that comes to Telegram 4.2 is that it introduces profile bios.

But now, the new feature means regular chats can self-destruct as well. This is a good step towards socializing and making this app more of a "social" network. Basically, photos and videos that get shared in the chat can now be deleted after a pre-set number of seconds.

It is reported that self-destructing messages are available to the user a limited amount of time, and then forever disappear. Plus, if the recipient takes a screenshot of that sensitive media, you'll get a notification immediately.

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With this update, users will also be able to add their bio description to their profile from Settings within the app.

"[CDN caching] will increase download speeds for tens of millions of users as CDN caching allows data to travel shorter distances and helps avoid bottlenecks that exist between regions". Stickers too, have been made easy to use with a larger scrolling area.

I think by now that all of you should know how much I like Telegram and respect it as a platform.

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