Telegram is by design difficult to pin down. That is what makes it so different from—and more successful than—other self-proclaimed “free speech” apps.
David Nemer is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center. He is the author of Technology of the Oppressed: Inequity and the Digital Mundane in Favelas of Brazil (MIT Press, 2022) and Favela Digital: The other side of technology (GSA, 2013).
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