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Telegram Bots UPSC NOTE

 


What is Telegram?

  • Telegram is an open-source API messaging platform service launched in 2013.

  • The platform allows developers to create their own apps and use the free-to-use API to develop specialised tools, like bots, to integrate services.

  • The platform currently has over 700 million monthly active users.

  • It is one of the 10 most downloaded apps in the world.

  • It is known for supporting file shares of up to 2GB, stored on the cloud that can be accessed from different devices.

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  • Supported financially by Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai on the technological front.

  • Telegram makes money through its sponsored messages and premium subscriptions.

  • The platform protects private conversations from snooping third parties including officials, marketers, and advertisers, the platform’s website says.

  • The platform does not process any requests related to group chats and private conversations among participants.

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Telegram Bots

What is Telegram?

  • They only entertain requests related to sticker sets, channels, and bots as they are publicly available.

What are Telegram bots?

  • Bots are computer programs that act as agents of a user or another computer program.

  • Bots on Telegram are small applications that run entirely within the platform and can be designed to support any kind of task or service.

  • Bots on Telegram can host full Web Apps and can be designed to support everything from online stores to arcade games.

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  • Additionally, they can also be designed to make it easier for users to access information held within large databases they are connected to.

  • Users can enter commands, or simply enter the name or description of files they are looking for and the bot can search the connected database to present the information.

  • Bots are listed on the platform as special accounts that do not require a phone number to set up and are connected to the owner’s server which processes input and requests from users.

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  • They can be found using the search feature on the Telegram app. 

  • Users can identify bots by looking at their username which usually has bot as the suffix.

  • They can also have @stickers @gif @wiki or @bing as their suffix.

Who can create bots on Telegram?

  • Any developer with some skills in computer programming or a third-party service provider can create a Telegram bot using the platform’s bot API.

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  • The API gives the tools and framework required to integrate code for the bot within the platform.

  • The platform assists the creation of bots through “Botfather” a virtual user designed to be the central development tool for Telegram bots.

  • Telegram requires bots created using its Bot API to be registered using an authentication token generated by the platform. 

  • Bots on the platform can be created using a wide range of programming languages which include Java and Python.

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What is the use of bots on Telegram?

  • Bots are usually used in professional areas for smart communication and pulling information from defined databases. 

  • Users can send commands to bots that they respond to with relevant information or perform tasks they are designed to do. 

  • For example, if a user does not wish to open their email app to check their messages, they can use a bot to check their email within the Telegram app. Users can also authorise bots to respond to emails from the Telegram app.

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Are bots on Telegram safe?

  • While Telegram encourages developers to create bots that comply with its terms of service, not all bots may be secure and some can pose security risks.

  • Bots may collect user data, including personal information and chat history and users should read the terms of service and privacy policy to understand how individual bots handle user data.

  • Bots can also be created by threat actors to contain malicious content, such as links to phishing websites or malware.

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  • Threat actors can also distribute bots to scam users, promising rewards or discounts on purchases to lure users into sharing their personal data. 

  • Some bots could have security vulnerabilities that can be used by threat actors to compromise the security of users. 

  • Introducing a bot to a secure Telegram chat could also downgrade the level of encryption as they may not be using Telegram’s encryption protocol, which works by scrambling and making it illegible while in transit.

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