Popular Telegram channels complain of 'clones' in state-linked messenger
The representative of the channel Nezigar told the newspaper that the resource exists only in Telegram and that the appearance of Nezigar in TamTam and ICQ is "a con job".
Most of the authors of popular Telegram channels interviewed by Vedomosti complained about clones of their channels in the instant messenger TamTam belonging to the Mail.ru Group.
The representative of the channel Nezigar told the newspaper that the resource exists only in Telegram and that the appearance of Nezigar in TamTam and ICQ is "a con job". In TamTam two channels Nezigar with an audience of 89 and 13 subscribers appeared, although in Telegram it is followed by more than 136 thousand subscribers. The representative of the channel Stalingulag told Vedomosti that the same channel in TamTam has nothing to do with him. "I do not even think of leaving Telegram, why? The blocking contributes to the growth of the audience," he noted.
TamTam gets two channels with the name Stalingulag, one of which was registered on April 13. "My hundreds of thousands of subscribers know that the real Stalingulag is only on Twitter and Telegram," the channel representative said. On April 13, TamTam also registered the channel Metodichka with 13 subscribers, although Metodichka in Telegram has about 45 thousand subscribers. Three channels associated with the name of oppositionist Alexey Navalny are registered in TamTam. They have 24, 6 and 2 subscribers, respectively, although in Telegram their number exceeded 100 thousand people. As spokeswoman of Navalny Kira Yarmysh said, he did not set up TamTam channels and would demand to remove those that are registered in his name.
The Telegram channel Boilernaya was registered in TamTam too - 48 subscribers, and Boilernaya in Telegram is followed by almost 80 thousand. "From our point of view, the anonymous Telegram channels and the created messengers of the Mail.ru Group are incompatible concepts. We will not take any action, we have faced attempts to discredit the channel before. We have not doubt that Mail.ru coordinates its actions with the authorities. And this contradicts the spirit of absolutely free information, which we adhere to and which is prescribed in the Constitution," the representative of Boilernaya said. The representative of the channel Karaulny also told Vedomosti that he is not connected with his clone in TamTam. "Rather, the sky will fall to the ground than we go beyond Telegram. With regard to the fake channel, we may take action," he said. A number of media outlets complained about the appearance of the clones. TamTam stated that the service is not involved in it.
TamTam was launched in May 2017 on the basis of the messenger Ok Soobscheniya in the social network Odnoklassniki. Vedomosti reminds that last week TamTam launched an active campaign to attract Telegram users. On Friday, a court in Moscow decided to block Telegram in Russia. The procedure of blocking was launched on Monday.
On Friday, the representative of TamTam reported that the messenger registered more than 30 thousand channels for two days.