Telegram has always been regarded as a safe choice by dissidents, but its conversations are not end-to-end encrypted by default from beginning to end – only when users actively choose the “secret chat” function that is not so easy to find and initiate conversations are they end-to-end encrypted . On the contrary, Apple Messages (formerly known as iMessage), Signal , Line, and WhatsApp all use end-to-end encryption by default. If the cooperation between Apple and Cloud Guizhou makes you uncomfortable, the cooperation between Telegram and Tencent Cloud will make you feel even more uncomfortable.
However, Apple Messages is still the only large-scale instant messaging software that can be directly used in China with end-to-end encryption by default.
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