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Telegram has some nice client software and services, but I wouldn't use it if I were you.

"The default messages and media use client-server encryption during transit. This data is also encrypted at rest, but can be accessed by Telegram developers, who hold the encryption keys."

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegr

@sjanes @ScottMortimer

Not OP, but Signal is a pretty good choice in my experience. Giving a "general overview" for them is tough, but the best I can think of is "Telegram-looking, Telegram-experience, but using the Signal Protocol, which is considered **a** gold standard. Centralized servers off-shore (I think). And no bots."

Alternatively, I've heard good things about Matrix/Riot. Federated, very much like Mastodon. Personally I couldn't use it because the iOS and Android apps are just "not there."

Some information on both is available on Privacytools, including other alternatives. :D

privacytools.io/software/real-

@jksn I've been using Riot a little bit. It's not Slack, comparatively slow.

I get a lot of ghost content on riot.im pages when components change--it isn't very smooth. Everything feels like I'm clicking on eggshells hoping to avoid clicking on something else when the page decides to update.

nngroup.com/articles/response-

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