Ugo Grandolini
Photographer

Why I moved to Telegram

When Facebook announced on December 2020 that they were going to introduce new privacy rules and that, since February 2021, it become mandatory to accept these rules to be able to keep using Whatsapp a bell started ringing in my brain – or whatever is left after almost 60 years on this Planet.

Why they want to be able to share my contacts and the content of my Whatsapp chat with Facebook? Oh yes, they say that they want to make our lives better, to offer us products we need, bla bla bla…

But after my recent experiences on Instagram (another platform owned by FB) I realised they see and “use” us just as we are “products” and, honestly, I'm a bit tired to be a product.

They need more freedom (oh yes they want more freedom) to be able to “use” us to make a profit in change of less and less freedom (to us).

A bit of history

I already had a Telegram account since some years now – rarely used it as the majority of my contacts were on Whatsapp and were reluctant to move to Telegram (for reasons unknown to me).

I opened my Telegram account when I still was a software developer. At a certain point, around 2005, I abandoned the Windows platform to adopt Linux. I had enough to stay in  “closed” system, tired to be slave of their abuses.

At that time I was a web developer and everything was free and open source – and most still is.

Open source

Wikipedia states: “Open source is a source code that is made freely available for possible modification and redistribution.”

So an open source software is code everyone can read, understand what it does and modify. Programmers can look into it and add features to make it better in a vision of true collaboration.

Also, and this is a really important point – if an open source software does “dirty” tricks while being used in your device – i.e. sends your GPS position, sends somewhere in the Internet your list of contacts with their phone numbers, email addresses, etc. – you can be sure that sooner or later some independent developer will let the world know about these tricks.

Lies

I read on some Italian magazines articles that these new Facebook privacy rules will not apply in the European Community as we have “stricter” privacy rules.

Ah ah, it makes me smile such candor.

I don’t know about other European Countries but in Italy privacy is so strong that companies must show the caller number when calling your phone to comply privacy regulations.

As a result they use fake numbers. When you try to call back, you always get an automated message stating something like: “sorry but this number does not exist: please check if you dialed the right number”.

At a certain point I had so many calls interrupting me at every hour of the day (and night) that I had to enable a feature of my phone that automatically blocks any call coming from a number I do not have in my contacts.

But nobody is on Telegram!
Another lie: at the end of 2020 Telegram had almost 500 million active users, over 100 million new users joined January 2021 only.

Personally I see more and more of my contacts joining every day – yes you get a message every time one of your contacts join Telegram.

Bye bye Whatsapp

Telegram is open source!
This mean you can be sure if they try to play “dirt” sooner or later they will be discovered and there will surely be a lot of rumor on the Internet.

On the contrary with proprietary applications like Whatsapp you never know what they do with your device – maybe if they release an open source application I might consider to use it but, since then, it’s a no.

But being Telegram an open source software is only one of its advantages.

You do not have to share your phone number with anyone anymore: just send your ID to connect – THIS IS PRIVACY!

Also you can also use Telegram on your tablet, no need for a SIM.

In the last weeks I started experimenting with channels that are a way to share your work in a free environment – after almost one month I opened a freely available channel nobody censored any of my images.

And I can tell you that the same images would never have been left on my account on Instagram: their censorship would have been removed them in a matter of minutes.

To reach me on Telegram search for @ugrandolini once you installed the application or follow this link.

For more info about Telegram and its features (you can also accept payments) visit the official web site.

Facts about Telegram

Privacy

You do not have to share your phone number with anyone anymore: just send your ID – something like @ugrandolini – to create a connection.

Open source

This mean you can be sure if they try to play “dirt” sooner or later they will be discovered and there will surely be a lot of rumor on the Internet.

Multiple uses

You can create channels to share your work without having to undergo censorship

Models on my Free Telegram channel

One uncensored post each day, take a break and enjoy an image with one of these beautiful women.

Join at https://t.me/ugrandolinich

Anna

Bianca

Elettra

Federica

Ginevra

Irene

Lin

Margot

Melissa

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