Telegram is being used to distribute pirated content and streaming platform credentials

By Polycount · 5 replies
Apr 13, 2018
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  1. Telegram is one of the most popular messaging platforms around today and for good reason. With deep end-to-end encryption and a message self-destruction feature, it's the go-to chat solution for privacy-minded individuals.

    However, deep privacy features do come with the potential for abuse. In February, we reported the app was pulled from the iOS App Store after Apple discovered it was being used to distribute child pornography. It was later reinstated after Telegram dealt with the issue.

    Now, though, it seems Telegram is being used to distribute illegal content yet again. Using the app's "Global Search" feature, users can find channels openly offering pirated content, including movies, music and even Netflix shows, according to The Outline.

    ...some Telegram channels offer stolen login credentials for popular media streaming websites...

    If that wasn't bad enough, some Telegram channels offer stolen login credentials for popular media streaming websites to "tens of thousands" of group members each day. These credentials reportedly include logins for sites like Netflix, Spotify, HBO, Sling and Hulu.

    The ability for channel owners to share this sort of information is primarily a result of Telegram's lax content enforcement policies. In order to keep their platform as free and open as possible, channels are only taken down if they contain "public calls for violence," porn, or copyright-infringing content, according to company CEO and Founder Pavel Durov:

    This emphasis on freedom and open discussion is certainly admirable -- particularly in the modern age -- but it's clear there are a few risks with the platform's approach. Whether or not Telegram will be able to balance rule enforcement with user freedom in the future remains to be seen.

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  2. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 509   +314

    What do they have against porn? If I make private porn and send it to someone who wants it why is it wrong? I get all the other stuff but if it's and adults only channel and there's no copyright-infringing I see why to hate porn. It shouldn't be a huge problem and it just baffles me why they compare legal porn to all this other stuff.
  3. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 484   +87

    Please elaborate on "legal porn".
  4. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,948   +969

    Well, thousands of X and XXX rated videos are released every year in the US alone... and if they are rated, that means they are legal... for 18 and up (or 21 and up).... Of course, if someone is distributing porn, then it is probably being shared illegally.... doesn't mean the porn itself isn't legal though...
  5. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 484   +87

    Rating something doesn't make it legit, maybe in some countries.
  6. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,948   +969

    If it's rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), then it IS legit... doesn't mean it's any good.... but it IS legal... there's a reason you see "no actor is under 18" etc., when watching "legal porn"...

    Of course, the illegality comes in when someone distributes this porn who isn't the original creator - like 90% of the porn most likely.... as one person downloads it legally and shares it with the internet community...

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