Telegram CEO Durov PURGES Snowden impersonator after NSA whistleblower’s Twitter tirade — RT World News

Upset at Telegram over the “insane garbage” someone impersonating him was posting, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden complained on Twitter, only to be answered by CEO Pavel Durov, who cleared the problem up within minutes.

Telegram “knows” he doesn’t have an account, Snowden tweeted on Sunday, complaining about an impostor account named ‘Official_EdwardSnowden’ sharing “a swastika”With 80,000 followers. 

“Great job, guys. Just super,”He stated.

Snowden stated that Telegram had known “ages ago”About the “scam-ring running this account,”Refusing to comment on media coverage.

Durov, who is apparently not in the habit of using Twitter – his most recent post on the platform had been in January – responded to Snowden’s complaints on Monday, noting that the imposter channel “is about a week old and never had a ‘verified’ mark.”

“It’s unlikely the team was even aware about this channel. You had to simply let [Telegram]You are aware of it. It is now marked as ‘fake’ and removed from search results, just like other similar channels,” he tweeted at Snowden.

“Thank you. Appreciate the response,” Snowden replied.

Many people responding to the thread criticized the tone of Snowden’s original complaint, but Durov waved it off.

“Ed had the right to be emotional. I know how it feels to see fake accounts with your name scamming people,”He tweeted it, adding that it was “annoying”Facebook and Instagram allow scams to be used his name and images for many years while they ignore complaints. 

Snowden was granted political asylum in Russia after he flew from the USA in 2013 to expose the NSA spying scandal. Snowden was reported to have applied for Russian citizenship earlier in the year. 

His work as an advocate for privacy and freedom of speech has seen him criticize Silicon Valley companies. While Telegram, founded by Durov in 2013, has taken off in response to US-based Big Tech censorship and privacy concerns, Snowden has not been a fan – choosing instead to promote Signal as his preferred encrypted messaging platform. The whistleblower has continued to back Signal despite critics’ repeated concerns about the app’s ties to US intelligence.

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