Messaging app Telegram has rolled out a new update that allows users to create accounts using blockchain-based anonymous numbers instead of mobile numbers.
Telegram already hides personal phone numbers from users who haven’t added them to the app, but users will now be able to hide their numbers from all users, which will please those who value privacy-focused features. There is a possibility that
The messaging platform has become a popular app among cryptocurrency enthusiasts. The move is part of the 9.2 update, which launched on December 6th, and will also allow users to auto-delete message timers in new chats.
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To use this feature, users will need to purchase a “blockchain-powered anonymous number” from Fragment, a decentralized auction platform founded by Telegram creator Pavel Durov.
Fragment sells usernames and anonymous numbers that are compatible only with Telegram. Purchases are made on the platform via Telegram’s associated token, The Open Network (TON).
Unfortunately for US users, however, Fragment does not serve citizens living there.
If you buy numbers, you can use these private numbers to receive verification code texts after signing into Telegram.
You can buy random numbers in Fragment for 9 tons ($16) or sell them at auction. At the time of writing, the highest bid for “+888 8 888” is 33,075 tonnes ($60,527), so some specific numbers seem to be garnering a lot of demand.
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Following last month’s FTX debacle, Durov said via his Telegram channel on Nov. 30 in response to yet another outbreak of fraud by a centralized crypto entity, that the company has taken steps to revamp its decentralized tool. announced that it is building a suite of
In addition to Fragment, Durov indicated that Telegram is considering rolling out a decentralized exchange across non-custodial wallets and other apps.
“The solution is clear. Blockchain-based projects should go back to their roots: decentralization. Cryptocurrency users should switch to a single, third-party, trustless transaction and self-hosted wallet.” there is,” he wrote.