Telegram to Add Hideable Spoilers Soon

Emily Heller
22 Dec 2021
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Telegram started as a usual messenger, but its insatiable wish to add more social elements makes it now a unique combination of social media and a publishing platform. And as you discuss something in groups of hundreds and thousands, there is often a need to hide a spoiler from those who don’t want to see it. Telegram is working on it now.

Spoiler styling is already a commonplace feature on websites, forums, and social media. Some users make use of existing formatting to create spoiler alerts manually where they are not implemented (for example, on Instagram). Telegram, though, works on fully functional spoiler formatting allowing see the text to those who want it.

It hasn’t been confirmed officially, but the leak was published on Reddit by Dylan Roussel. What we see in a video is a picture of a text message being sent with a long tap. In the formatting menu, the sender selects “Spoiler”, after which the delivered message is shown as a pixelated image. The recipient has to tap the message to read it. The eye icon next to the image hints that it can be seen, and the spiderweb sticker above it hints that it might be a spoiler for The Spider-Man: No Way Home that had just hit the cinemas at the moment.

Again, if (or let’s say when) Telegram does implement it, the final version may look different. For example, there may be a SPOILER sign instead of pixelated animations. It also seems highly probable that the feature will appear on all the platforms, including iOS, Android, PC, and web. At least, that’s the way Telegram does it. Why doesn’t the messenger announce it officially on its channel? The feature may be still under testing, or the management just wants to avoid spoilers until they can share it directly.

Do you find this feature useful? Are you interested in using it in private chats as well as in public channels? Do you mind spoilers at all? Share your opinion in the comments, so we have an interesting talk!

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