WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging application available for mobile devices. The company was acquired by Facebook a few months back.
It appears that WhatsApp is blocking links share in chats that point to Telegram. When shared, there’s no way to tap on the link as there’s no hyperlink.
The issue was noticed by a Reddit user. Users are unable to copy or open links that point to Telegram — that is, telegram.org or telegram.me — even if they want to paste them in another app. Surprisingly, even the URL telegram.com was blocked, which doesn’t even belong to the messaging service, which is a local news site in the US.
The folks at The Verge contacted Telegram, and it was confirmed about the activity which is blocking Telegram links. They said WhatsApp has deployed an update, which is one of the reasons why the block is not on every device running the instant messaging app.
This is not the first time Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, has come under criticism for such behaviour. More recently, the company was criticised for blocking the social network Tsu.co who shares a percentage of their ad revenue with its users.
We’ll update you if we get an official response from the company.
Source: The Verge