Telegram Messenger

App review by Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Versatile messaging platform for older teens and adults.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 18+

Deep web posing as secure app.

In the name of secure messaging and file sharing, this app makes everything unsavory from the deep web readily available

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

I am Russian and I hate this app. Basically a casual version of deep web

It positions itself as a "safe and secure" messenger: everything is reliably encrypted. So what does it mean? LOTS OF DRUGS AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. It literally takes half minute to find a hundred of channels that sell drugs (their names often contain standart words, like "club" and "shop"). I tried to report them, but moderators don't seem to be too quick. Administration seems to be more bothered about porn; when you report a channel, "pornography" is one of standart report reasons, but to report a drug channel, you have to choose "other reason" and type it. In Russian cities, you can see graffities advertising drug channels. (Somehow this doesn't happen with onion links (heh, they are just too long and hard to type :D )) Also I have seen groups in VK bombarded by spambots advertising channels with child pornography, leaks of violent videos and things like this. To top of that, there are articles on Wired saying that it used to be a home for neo-Nazi and ISIS activity, but thankfully, these ones have been purged. I don't care about "democratic activity" and "free speech" Telegram provides, I just want this app to die.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

App Details

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