Putin’s special representative claims Telegram’s superiority over WhatsApp

Putin’s special representative claims Telegram’s superiority over WhatsApp

Communicating via Telegram is safer than via WhatsApp, the Russian President’s Special Representative for Digital and Technological Development is sure. Earlier, Snowden recommended that officials do not use both messengers.

From a security point of view, the Telegram messenger is better than WhatsApp, although there are no guarantees of absolute security for communication, Dmitry Peskov, the special representative of the Russian president for digital and technological development told RIA Novosti.

“Until there is a quantum messenger, there are no safe means. But, of course, choosing between using WhatsApp and Telegram solution, the choice of the Telegram is absolutely obvious from the point of view of communication security,” Peskov said.

At the same time, the president’s special representative noted that he himself uses the both messengers. 

On September 16, Edward Snowden, a former employee of the US National Security Agency (NSA), who was granted asylum in Russia, called the use of Telegram and WhatsApp unsafe for senior officials. 

“If you are the prime minister, using these systems is very risky. If anyone in the government uses WhatsApp, this is a mistake... Do not use WhatsApp or Telegram if you have an alternative,” Snowden said in an interview with France Inter.

In April 2018, Moscow’s Tagansky District Court upheld the requirement of Roskomnadzor to block Telegram in Russia. The FSB had claims against the messenger, since it did not provide decryption keys for users’ messages. Since the spring of 2018, Roskomnadzor has been blocking the IP addresses used by the messenger. Despite this, Telegram remains available in Russia from both mobile devices and computers. 

Peskov said on Tuesday that he was aware of the ongoing work in Russia to create domestic messengers, but so far he had not heard of a solution ready for implementation.

“I didn’t see a solution that would now be ready for implementation, even just to recommend it to all civil servants, I don’t know about this... The problem is that security must be adjacent to convenience, it is already much more difficult to do,” the president’s special representative explained.

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