orat.io co-founder and CEO Bernhard Hauser reported in a blog post that links to Telegram are showing up as plain text on WhatsApp, meaning that users cannot click through, adding that those links also can’t be copied to other apps or browsers, rendering them useless.
Links that were shortened with bit.ly were functional, however, according to Hauser.
Hauser tried the reverse and found that WhatsApp links worked fine on Telegram.
#WhatsApp code decompilation actually shows that they target all domains with “telegram” in it specifically.
— Jernej Virag (@jernejv) December 1, 2015
Readers: Is something fishy going on?