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WhatsApp is blocking links to a competing messenger app

This morning, Telegram users on WhatsApp noticed something strange. The chat app was blocking any links to Telegram.me, a rival chat app that grew popular in the wake of earlier WhatsApp outages. The URLs still appeared as messages, but they did not register as hyperlinks and users were blocked from copying them to paste into another app — effectively treating them like malware or spam. The behavior wasn't exhibited on every device but it was consistent within devices, blocking both usernames and links to individual messages or chat rooms.

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