On December 7, the Telegram team announced the launch of a new phase of privacy on their centralized instant messaging service app, Telegram.
This update allows users to create accounts without sim cards, instead using blockchain-based anonymous numbers. With this new feature, users no longer have to provide their phone number when signing up.
The announcement says,
“Today starts a new era of privacy. You can have a Telegram account without a SIM card.”
Since its launch in 2013, Telegram has been renowned for its security and privacy features.
Among these are self-destructive messages, enabling users to delete messages without leaving a trace, and auto-delete timers, which automatically remove chat histories after a certain amount of time.
Both of these features were first introduced by Nikolai and Pavel Durov.
As per the latest announcement, users must acquire “blockchain-enabled anonymous numbers” from Fragment, the decentralized auction platform created by Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram.