French government releases in-house IM app to replace WhatsApp and Telegram use



The French government has developed its own end-to-end encrypted instant messenger (IM) app to replace government employee use of Telegram, WhatsApp, and other third-party IM clients.

The app, named Tchap, was launched yesterday, April 18, and is available on the official iOS and Android app stores. A web dashboard is also in the works.

Only official French government employees can sign-up for an account; however, the French government also open-sourced Tchap’s source code on GitHub so other organizations can roll out their own versions of Tchap for internal use as well.

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