Apr 29, 2021
The encrypted messaging platform Telegram is offering two new web apps allowing users to bypass tech censorship.
The new apps, WebK and WebZ, allow users to access banned channels over IoS. This allows users to access channels that were previously restricted by the Apple Store.
The impressive interface shows that Telegram is ready to compete with the social media giants, as they arguably offer more features and are more user-friendly than monoliths such as Facebook and Twitter.
Telegram has announced that they will be adding additional features to their web interface portals in the days to come.
“Please check these cards: WebK card and WebZ card. They contain lists of all the major features that are not yet supported or not fully implemented in the new apps,” Telegram wrote in their announcement.
They are offering two similar apps because the organization “believe[s] in internal competition.” WebK can be accessed here while WebZ can be accessed here. Telegram is putting competitors to shame as they show how innovation is key for building a successful digital platform.
Big League Politics has reported on Parler’s pathetic fall from grace as they kowtowed to Big Tech in an attempt to get back online:
“Parler is back in the good graces of Big Tech after caving to the political establishment and implementing a “hate speech” ban.
Apple issued a letter to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) praising Parler for bending the knee to their demands, including crushing freedom of speech on their platform. They noted that Parler “has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.”
“Apple anticipates that the updated Parler app will become available immediately upon Parler releasing it,” Apple’s letter said.
Before they started complying with Big Tech’s demands, Parler was banned from the Apple app store because they were blamed, without evidence, of helping foment violence that occurred during the mostly-peaceful protest at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“After having reviewed the new information, we do not believe these changes are sufficient to comply with App Store Review guidelines,” Apple wrote to Parler’s chief policy officer in February. “There is no place for hateful, racist, discriminatory content on the App Store.”
Now, Parler has effectively folded to Big Tech and been completely neutralized as a social media competitor that respects free speech. This has been part of a long fall from grace for the platform, which has been revealed as a project funded by billionaire oligarchs.”
Telegram, along with Gab, is showing how a smaller firm can overcome corporate impediments and challenge Big Tech in the marketplace. In contrast, Parler serves as the example of what not to do if you want to oppose Big Tech.