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US Fact check: No, Bill Gates didn't purchase the encrypted messaging app Telegram

01:00  07 may  2021
01:00  07 may  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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AFP Fact Check has previously debunked false claims that Gates planned to control the world through mass vaccination or microchip people in order to track their movements. Similar Facebook posts claiming Gates has purchased Telegram have also been published here, here and here. The claim, however, is false. No sale. In response to the claim, Telegram told AFP on April 9, 2021 that “ Telegram remains fully owned by Pavel Durov.” Durov, founder and CEO of Telegram , had written on his Telegram channel on how he would not sell the app , and raised billion to ensure the company’s

The post's text caption states: " Bill Gates has just purchased the Telegram app in order to retain control of what information people can share, think and research. He also owns more farmland [sic] in the USA than anybody else." "This was the man who was found guilty of attempting to try and The post also features a link to a YouTube video showing Gates 's deposition during a 1998 antitrust case against Microsoft, the technology company that he co-founded. Telegram is an encrypted messaging app which launched on iOS devices in August 2013. It has gained global popularity but was banned in

The claim: Bill Gates purchased the messaging app Telegram

Bill Gates, Melinda Gates are posing for a picture: Bill Gates, left, and Melinda Gates address a forum of 300 malaria scientists and policy makers Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, in Seattle. The Gates' appealed to the group to join in the goal of eradicating the disease worldwide. © Elaine Thompson, AP Bill Gates, left, and Melinda Gates address a forum of 300 malaria scientists and policy makers Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, in Seattle. The Gates' appealed to the group to join in the goal of eradicating the disease worldwide.

When it comes to being the target of viral misinformation, Bill Gates is a frequent flyer.

We've debunked false claims about Gates that involved allegations he was using vaccine research to microchip recipients, planned the COVID-19 pandemic and was conducting research to block out the sun, among others.

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The Telegram platform allows people to communicate with each other using end-to-end encryption , meaning no-one – not even Telegram – has access to messages sent between users. In April 2018, Roskomnadzor began legal proceedings to block the app in the country, after Dubai-based But despite blocking IP addresses and VPN services that Telegram may have used to hide traffic, the ensuing ban was largely ineffective. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov said at the time that his company had chosen to do the "only possible thing" and refused to provide Russia with decryption keys to access

If you ever use the encrypted messaging options on programs like iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, Telegram , or any other service, your time to discuss things privately over the phone may be running out. Instead of seeing privacy as a right, they see it as suspicious. Your devices are already being searched at quadruple the previous rate in airports. And the attack on free speech is now going as far as our private messages to our friends and family. Because the only reason we’d want privacy is that we’re criminals.

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Now, social media users have falsely claimed Gates purchased Telegram, a popular messaging app among far-right extremists, to accuse Gates of censorship.

“Bill Gates has just purchased the Telegram app in order to retain control of what information people can share, think and research,” reads an image posted to Facebook on April 6.

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The image appears to be a screenshot of another Facebook post, although the original poster’s name and the post date are obstructed. The post also includes an image of a Fox News report with correspondent Trace Gallagher and an altered chyron that reads “600 MILLION DOLLARS DEAL BILL GATES BUYS TELEGRAM.”

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The Telegram servers collect every Telegram user's contact list and every message , photo, video and document that they send in the default chat mode, and unless the user has enabled the 2FA option that is buried in the app 's settings page, the service allows anyone who can hijack the user's phone number or intercept their SMS messages to instantly. have access to all of that user's cloud based data. In contrast, the Signal servers don' t collect any contact lists and all Signal communications are end-to-end encrypted .

Telegram , the supposedly secure messaging app , has over 100 million users. You might even be one of them. If you are, you should probably stop using it right now. Here’s the unfortunate truth about Telegram : it’s not as secure as the company’s marketing campaigns might lead you to believe. According to interviews with leading encryption and security experts, Telegram has a wide range of security issues and doesn’ t live up to its proclamations as a safe and secure messaging application .

The post also claims that Gates owns the most farmland in the USA, references Microsoft's 1998 antitrust lawsuit and shares a link to a YouTube video of Gates' 1998 deposition for that case.

“This is the man who was found guilty of attempting to (sic) monopolise the internet (sic) brower market in 1998,” claims the post.

Bill Gates, Melinda Gates wearing a suit and tie: In this file photo taken on September 26, 2018 Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates introduce the Goalkeepers event at the Lincoln Center in New York. © LUDOVIC MARIN, AFP via Getty Images In this file photo taken on September 26, 2018 Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates introduce the Goalkeepers event at the Lincoln Center in New York.

It is true that Gates and his wife own the most farmland in the U.S. and that Microsoft was found guilty of illegal business practices, but we'll focus our attention on the Telegraph claim. That one has no basis in reality.

The Facebook user that posted the claim did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Telegram confirms it hasn’t been purchased by Gates

A Telegram spokesman said the company has not been sold.

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Is Telegram safe? Telegram has many of the hallmarks of a secure app , including end-to-end encrypted chat and call sessions. And its founder Durov talks big on privacy. "They no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies that seem to think they can get away with anything as long as their apps have a critical mass of users. "With half a billion active users and accelerating growth, Telegram has become the largest refuge for those seeking a communication platform committed to privacy and security.

Running latest official Telegram app on Android 9+. I tested this with two different brand of phones and both behave the same. This is a security issue with official Telegram app . When I start a secret chat with someone not on my contact list we chat and then we clear and delete the chat conversation. I have tried one another unofficial Telegram app "Plus messenger" and it shows there also the Name of the person however it removes the entry once you close/delete the chat from your phone. Where official Telegram app does not. This should be resolved ASAP. Why even have the names written there?

Remi Vaughn, press and media relations spokesperson for Telegram, directed USA TODAY to several statements published by Reuters in April.

“Telegram remains fully owned by Pavel Durov," Telegram told Reuters.

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In a December post to his own channel, Durov wrote that he would not sell the app and planned to maintain its independence. In March, Durov announced Telegram made more than $1 billion through bond sales.

In April, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation told Reuters and AFP that the claim was false.

The original image shows Fox didn’t report Gates bought Telegram

The Fox News screenshot used in the post  was altered. The original image was pulled from a Nov. 16 broadcast of “America’s Newsroom.”

Gallagher’s tie, facial expression and the pattern on the television set behind him indicate the screengrab was taken about 2 seconds in this clip of the broadcast.

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The original chyron read, “CELEBRITIES PUSH BACK AGAINST ‘CANCEL CULTURE,’” and showed a promotional image for a Fox broadcast set to air that night. The edited chyron replaced that image with one of Gates.

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AFP Fact check compared side-by-side images of the post and the broadcast and found them to be a match.

Our rating: False

We rate the claim that Gates purchased the encrypted messaging application Telegram FALSE, because it is not supported by our research. Telegram and the Gates foundation both confirmed this is not true. An image that appears to show a Fox News report on the matter was altered.

Our fact check sources:

  • USA TODAY, June 12, 2020, Fact check: Bill Gates is not planning to microchip the world through a COVID-19 vaccine
  • USA TODAY, Aug. 25, 2020, Fact check: 'Plandemic' sequel makes false claims about Bill Gates
  • USA TODAY, Aug. 23, 2020, Fact check: Bill Gates is not trying to 'block the sun's rays' in the name of climate change
  • USA TODAY, Jan. 13, Banned from Facebook and Twitter, pro-Trump extremists hatch Inauguration Day violence in dark reaches of the web
  • YouTube, Joe John, Nov. 3, 2018, Bill Gates - Microsoft Antitrust Deposition - Highlights
  • Entrepreneur, April 6, Bill Gates Explains Why He's the Largest Farmland Owner in America
  • The Seattle Times, May 11, 2011, Long antitrust saga ends for Microsoft
  • May 6, Telegram message, Remi Vaughn, press and media relations
  • Reuters, April 6, Fact Check-Bill Gates did not purchase Telegram
  • Telegram, Dec. 23, 2020, Durov's Channel
  • Telegram, March 23, Durov's Channel
  • AFP Fact Check, April 12, Bill Gates has not bought Telegram messaging app
  • Media Matters For America, Nov. 16, 2020, Fox's chief breaking news correspondent: Fox News primetime “stands for what is right”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: No, Bill Gates didn't purchase the encrypted messaging app Telegram

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