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Good news for artists: We've upgraded the @Stickers bot, which helps you create sticker packs from your pictures.

This bot will now also give you usage statistics for your stickers and packs. Try feeding it the new commands:
/stats
/top
/packstats
/packtop

Stickers bot:
https://telegram.me/stickers
An introduction to sticker packs:
https://telegram.org/blog/stickers-revolution
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The App Store guardians just let through another update for our iOS app.

Telegram is now fully optimized for iPhones 6s and 6s+, with all the pesky bugs fixed. We've added a few touches of 3D Touch: try the Telegram icon on your main screen and links in messages. We've also enabled Split View and Slide Over for devices that support these features.

With full WatchOS2 support, Watch users can now send voice messages, use quick replies and enjoy greatly increased overall speed. Channels and bots may now also be accessed on the Watch, and we've included a special button for bot commands.
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Telegram for Android just got updated with Android 6.0 features. Version 3.2.3 supports Now on Tap, Direct Share and Fingerprints for Passcodes.

Update it here: https://telegram.org/dl/android
A new update for our iOS app is just out. Version 3.2.2 offers a new way of sharing messages from channels for everyone and Spotlight search support for iOS 9 users.

We've also added more 3D Touch actions. iPhone 6s users can now open recent chats from their home screens and Peek into chats from the chats list without opening them. Yay.

Download the update here: https://telegram.org/dl/ios
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Finally some good news for our Iranian users.

A couple of weeks ago Telegram stopped working in Iran, so I assumed we had been blocked there. However, service has since returned to normal, and the Iranian Ministry of Information and Communication declared they were not going to block Telegram.

The interruption of service, they say, was due to the disruption of cables connecting Iran with the rest of the world (Suez Canal, Mandeb Strait + Iran-Turkey cables), and the poor connectivity affected most western services in Iran – not just Telegram. 

Moreover, the government denied that they required any kind of spying tools from Telegram, saying that the demand I received was fake and not authorized by any higher authorities.

I’d like to believe that this is true – it would mean that the Iranian people will continue to be able to use what I maintain is the best messaging service on the market. And since our system administrators confirm that the Iranian government’s report of cable disruption is probable, my earlier claim about Telegram getting blocked may have been inaccurate (or at least premature). 

In that case, sorry for the false alarm, everyone. It’s easy to misinterpret the situation in markets that have a history of internet censorship – you might have heard that Facebook and Twitter have been blocked in Iran for a few years. However, this doesn’t mean that Telegram can't be blocked there in the future.

Iranian authorities made it clear that they would block Telegram if it contained publicly available porn, i.e. porn bots and porn channels. If this is the only matter that poses a concern, there will hardly be any problem, since we already block most porn bots and channels anyway due to App Store restrictions. 

Anyway, the bottom line: we’re good in Iran. For now. And let’s hope for the best 🌟
We were disturbed to learn that Telegram's public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda.

We are carefully reviewing all reports sent to us at abuse@telegram.org and are taking appropriate action to block such channels.

As a result, this week alone we blocked 78 ISIS-related channels across 12 languages.

We are also introducing an easier way for our users to report objectionable public content in the upcoming update of Telegram this week.
We were able to identify and block these public ISIS channels thanks to your reports. Thank you!
Here's an explanation of the blocking process from our FAQ:

All Telegram chats and group chats are private amongst their participants. We do not process any requests related to them. But sticker sets, channels, and bots on Telegram are publicly available. If you find sticker sets or bots on Telegram that you think are illegal, please ping us at abuse@telegram.org.

Our mission is to provide a secure means of communication that works everywhere on the planet. In order to do that in the places where it is most needed (and to continue distributing Telegram through the App Store and Google Play), we have to process legitimate requests to take down illegal public content (sticker sets, bots, and channels) within the app. For example, we can take down sticker sets that violate intellectual property rights or porn bots in countries where pornography is illegal.

User-uploaded stickers sets, channels, and bots by third-party developers are not part of the core Telegram UI. Whenever we receive a complaint at abuse@telegram.org regarding the legality of public content, we perform the necessary legal checks and take it down when deemed appropriate.

Please note that this does not apply to local restrictions on freedom of speech. For example, if criticizing the government is illegal in a country, Telegram won‘t be a part of such politically motivated censorship. This goes against our founders’ principles. While we do block terrorist (e.g. ISIS-related) bots and channels, we will not block anybody who peacefully expresses alternative opinions.

FAQ link: https://telegram.org/faq#q-there-39s-illegal-content-on-telegram-how-do-i-take-it-down
All of our official apps are getting updated with new features today.

Group Admins, Supergroups for up to 1000 members, new In-App Notifications (iOS) and Quick Share buttons (Android and WP).

More about the update:
https://telegram.org/blog/supergroups
We've updated our apps with new cache management options so that Telegram can take up nearly zero space on your phone, even if you‘re using it heavily.

Read about it in the Telegram blog:
https://telegram.org/blog/cache-and-stickers

In other news, you can now manually reorder your sticker packs, and the order will be synced across all your devices. This can be done in Sticker Settings, accessible via the new button in the sticker panel (or via Settings).

On Android and Desktop, tap/click and hold on a pack to drag it to its new place. On iOS, tap 'Edit' first. Manual reordering is coming to all other official apps within a day.

If you're looking for more sticker packs to reorder, try marching Vicky and Harry up and down your stickers list:
https://telegram.me/addstickers/Vicky
https://telegram.me/addstickers/Harry
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Today's update to our iOS, Android and Desktop apps brings you faster and better GIFs along with a new type of bots. The Windows Phone and OSX native clients will be getting this update soon as well.

GIF Revolution

Animations will now become up to 20x faster when sending and downloading. GIFs will play automatically in your chats (this can be turned off in Settings). We've also added a dedicated GIF tab to the sticker panel. Tap on a GIF (long tap on iOS) to save it to the panel – then send it to friends in just a few taps.
https://telegram.org/blog/gif-revolution
Inline Bots

You can now easily send bot-generated content to any chat, group or channel – even if the bot is not a member. Simply type the @username of an inline bot in the message field in any chat, then type some keywords. The bot will offer you relevant content that you can send in one tap.
https://telegram.org/blog/inline-bots

Sample inline bots:
@gif – Search and send animated GIFs
@vid – Quickly share YouTube videos
@bing – Find pictures using Bing
@pic – Find pictures using Yandex
@wiki – Share Wikipedia articles
@imdb – Find and share movie details
@bold – Send bold, italic or fixed width text
Enjoy!
Thanks to your support, Telegram now has more than 100 million monthly users. 350 thousand new users join every day – all because you told your friends, family and co-workers about Telegram. Keep spreading the word!

https://telegram.org/blog/100-million