Telegram now allows users to broadcast live streams with tools like OBS Studio and XSplit Broadcaster.

The company said in a blog announcement that with the latest update creators can now add overlays and multi-screen layouts with ease, turning any Telegram channel "into a professional TV Station." Telegram added:

For better quality, we recommend using software encoding (x264 in OBS). Your viewers will need to update their apps to the latest version to watch your stream.

Besides live streaming, Telegram also introduced a download manager, new attachment menu, phone number links, and other cosmetic features. The update came as Russia banned Instagram for ~80 million users due to "calls for violence" against Russian soldiers.

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Meanwhile, the Biden administration gathered TikTok creators on a Zoom call to give its view about the war unfolding in Ukraine.

National Security Council staffers and White House press secretary Jen Psaki discussed with 30 social media influencers about what goals the United States has set in the region. The officials reportedly also shared their plans to react to the Russian use of nuclear weapons.