WhatsApp Blocking Telegram Links on Android

WhatsApp for Android Blocking Links to Competing App Telegram

Telegram links are appearing as plain texts that can neither be opened nor be copied.

WhatsApp for Android is reportedly blocking the links to its rival app Telegram. It is still not clear whether it is just a bug or a deliberate action from the Facebook-owned instant messaging giant.

Although users can still send and receive URL to Telegram, they can’t open it as it just appears as plain text. Also, there is no option to copy it.

“Typically after a media backlash, FB steps back and blames their intelligent filtering for the problem, we expect the same to happen this time as well”, Telegram spokesperson commented on the issue.

Telegram’s growth rate has massively increased during the existing year, with its number of active users rising from 1 billion in February to 12 billion in September. On the other hand, WhatsApp reportedly has over 900 million active users.

WhatsApp is yet to clear whether it’s just a bug or a strategic move.

 

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