WhatsApp Is Blocking Hyperlinks To Rival App Telegram On Android

WhatsApp Is Blocking Links To Rival App Telegram On Android

Fb-owned messaging big WhatsApp seems to have began intentionally blocking hyperlinks to rival messaging app Telegram so customers can’t share clickable Telegram-related URLs of their chats. The URLs simply seem as unlinked textual content.

Cellular messaging customer support startup oriat.io observed the difficulty earlier right now, and has blogged about it right here.

Presently hyperlinks solely look like blocked inside the Android app, with no unlinking happening within the iOS app. Even within the newest model of the iOS app, which was up to date as of November 30 — we checked.

So it’s attainable this can be a bug moderately than a deliberate try by WhatsApp to discourage its customers from simply tapping into a rival service.

That stated, Android developer Jernej Virag claims to have discovered proof in WhatsApp’s code that means it is certainly particularly concentrating on Telegram…

#WhatsApp code decompilation truly exhibits that they aim all domains with “telegram” in it particularly. pic.twitter.com/cW6vQU4j2f

— Jernej Virag (@jernejv) December 1, 2015

We’ve reached out to WhatsApp to ask ‘bug or function’ — and can replace this submit with any response.

In a notice on its web site Telegram additionally claims its Fb web page has vanished — “for no obvious purpose”.

In an e mail trade with TechCrunch, Telegram founder Pavel Durov described WhatsApp blocking hyperlinks to its service as “brief-sighted”.

Of the Fb web page deletion Durov was much less involved, including: ‘We didn’t use it, so we didn’t even discover it.”

The messaging app, which launched in mid 2013, has seen some spectacular engagement progress this yr — with the quantity of messages despatched day by day by way of Telegram rising from round 1 billion this February to 12 billion by September. Though its month-to-month lively customers remained at across the 60 million mark between Might and September.

Telegram continues to be very a lot dwarfed by WhatsApp’s large consumer-base, in fact. The Fb-owned big claimed to have handed the 900 million month-to-month consumer mark as of this September, so it may possibly’t be far off hitting the magic 1BN MAUs mark.

Maybe that milestone prospect is encouraging WhatsApp to throw its weight round towards upstart messaging rivals.

Regardless of the fact, it’s a not-so-mild reminder that with regards to dominant business platforms the content material we the customers are allowed to see and entry is perennially on the whim of the platform proprietor and their business pursuits.