Telegram prepares to monetize – TechCrunch

Wire Will introduce ads, TikTok’s parent company is moving forward in drug discovery and President Trump continues his fight against Section 230. This is your daily crunch for December 23, 2020.

Big story: Telegram prepares for demonetization

Telegram founder Pavel Durov said that the messaging app will be Start advertising next year Public to multiple channels. Durov wrote on his Telegram channel that the advertising platform would be “a user-friendly one that respects privacy and allows us to cover server and traffic costs.”

He pointed to the premium stickers in another way that Telegram could monetize, while stressing that existing features would remain independent and that they would not support showing ads in private chats.

In addition to discussing the company’s demonetization plans, Durov said that Telegram is liaising with 500 million users.

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Startup, Funding and Venture Capital

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