May 7, 2020 TON Labs launches fork of Telegram Open Network.

TON Labs, a blockchain development organization focused on the Telegram Open Network (TON) ecosystem, launched a forked version of TON on Thursday called Free TON. The new network is based on TON Labs’ own code and will be initially operated by 13 validators with a native token called ‘tons’. TON Labs launched the network due to an unwillingness to wait for Telegram to launch TON, in light of the regulatory burdens the company is facing. TON Labs helped Telegram to operate TON’s test network but is an independent entity from the company.