Telegram is free, Bill Gates did not buy it

Few social media users have shared posts claiming that Bill Gates purchased the Telegram app. Few users even mentioned..

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  8 April 2021 7:32 AM GMT
Telegram is free, Bill Gates did not buy it

Few social media users have shared posts claiming that Bill Gates purchased the Telegram app. Few users even mentioned the price of $ 600 million.


Few users have questioned this news.

Archive links:

https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.facebook.com/mbarnold1/posts/10224407114829551

https://web.archive.org/save/https://twitter.com/imeyalmusic/status/1361655897802571777

Fact Check:

The claim that Bill Gates bought the Telegram app for $600 million is FALSE.

Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It's super-fast, simple, and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets, or computers.

Pavel Durov is the founder and owner of messaging app Telegram, which has more than 500 million users worldwide. Durov has made Telegram free to use; it competes with messaging apps like WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook. Durov is known as Russia's Zuckerberg because he also created Vkontakte, Russia's biggest social network.

https://www.forbes.com/profile/pavel-durov/?sh=7877b0d214c5

Newsmeter checked the social media accounts of Pavel Durov, where there is no mention of the purchase or Bill Gates.

https://twitter.com/durov

https://t.me/s/durov

Telegram also did not announce the supposed purchase by Gates on its blog or on its Press releases page.

In a fact check done by Reuters, the Telegram team clarified that, as of April 5, 2021, Telegram's press team clarified that the platform "remains fully owned by Pavel Durov"

"We are not going to sell the company like the founders of Whatsapp. The world needs Telegram to stay independent as a place where users are respected and high-quality service is ensured. Telegram must continue to serve the world as an example of a tech company that strives for perfection and integrity. And, as the sad examples of our predecessors show, that is impossible if you become part of a corporation," Reuters quoting Pavel Durov said.

https://t.me/durov/142

This claim was also debunked by Check your fact.

Hence, the claim that Bill Gates purchased the Telegram app for $600 million is FALSE.


Claim Review:Bill Gates purchased the Telegram app.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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