I am offering you the following without any conclusions on my own, so make your call.
A few days ago one of the founders of Signal messenger (Moxie Marlinspike) has started claiming that Telegram is worst or equal than infamous Whatsapp and FB’s Messenger in terms of security and encryption. His reasons show all but familiar tactics of turning facts inside-out to fit the narrative (i.e. https://twitter.com/moxie/status/1474067551785144327).
Claims likes this are actually addressed in Telegram’s FAQ where it explains how how they split encryption keys between the geos in order to make it nearly impossible for any single country to get access to the content of even not end-to-end encrypted chats). Also, you might want to check this for more in-depth explanations https://telegra.ph/Why-Isnt-Telegram-End-to-End-Encrypted-by-Default-08-14.
But just today I came about this analysis of the history of Signal https://yasha.substack.com/p/signal-is-a-government-op-85e exposing Moxie’s possible connections to NSA and perhaps other agencies. Which won’t be very surprising for a guy who headed the encryption team at Twitter.
Anyway – judge for yourself and feel free to forward it around if you think this is helpful.