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This article was published on April 29, 2016

Telegram calls Google buyout rumor ‘absolute bullshit’

Telegram calls Google buyout rumor ‘absolute bullshit’
Kirsty Styles
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Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She l Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech.

Google may be the king of search but some of its best efforts around building communications tools have failed – remember Wave? – or faltered – remember the last time you used Google+? No, me neither.

Google Chat, now integrated with Google Hangouts, was once my go-to office gossip tool. But now Slack is on the scene and I barely spend any time in my email inbox.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that, according to news outlets in Russia, Google execs have been courting Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov for at least a year looking for a $1bn easy win.

Telegram says it now has 100 million monthly users, has an increasingly important focus on privacy and has now turned its attentions to the next tech arms race – bots.

But alas, a Telegram spokesperson has confirmed in no uncertain terms to TNW: “This is complete bullshit. There were no acquisition talks, no plans for any such thing either.”

Telegram hasn’t monetized yet and faces stiff competition from WhatsApp, which recently enabled end-to-end encryption, so no doubt a Google buyout would be a boon for the company’s coffers.

But its CEO has been critical of the likes of Facebook and Google for paying lip service to things like privacy, and says he has no plans to make a profit from the company, so it really wouldn’t be a good fit.

Case closed.

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