Hong Kong Protests: How does messaging app Telegram work and why is it so popular?

By Doris Wai and Kelly Fung

The cloud-based instant messaging app has become one of the most popular tools of the anti-government demonstrations

By Doris Wai and Kelly Fung |

Latest Articles

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’: Everyone’s favourite little helpers take over once again in charming sequel

The only Hong Kong football fan to see team qualify for 2023 Asian Cup

Meet Marvel’s first gay Spider-Man

Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app that allows messages to be encrypted. It became one of Hong Kong's most downloaded apps during the anti-extradition bill protests.

Many protestors form groups to provide updates, exchange details on how and where to protest, as well as to request additional supplies. Some chat groups even have tens of thousands of members.

Here is an explanation of how it works:  

Sign up for the YP Teachers Newsletter
Get updates for teachers sent directly to your inbox
By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy