Telegram Reports 25 Million New Users in Three Days Following WhatsApp Privacy Policy Change

Prior to that, the audience of the popular messenger grew by a maximum of 1.5 million users per day..

Founder of Telegram Pavel Durov said in his telegram channel that over the past 72 hours the number of messenger users has grown by 25 million. According to him, this is a significant increase compared to last year’s figures, when 1.5 million people were registered in the application every day. Durov emphasized that in the first week of January the number of active users exceeded 500 million per month..

«These new users have arrived from all over the world — 38% from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA (Middle East and North Africa», – Durov said.

According to him, the trend is not random.. "Throughout our 7-year history of protecting user privacy, we have seen spikes in downloads. But this time it’s different", – sure Durov.

The founder of Telegram is especially scrupulous about the protection of personal information of users of the messenger.

«People no longer want to trade their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies who seem to think they can get away with it as long as their applications have a critical mass of users.», – Durov said.

Telegram added 25 million new users in three days

According to him, the messenger does not conclude transactions with businesses and government agencies.. «With half a billion active users and accelerating growth, Telegram has become the largest haven for those looking for a privacy and security-focused communications platform. We take this responsibility very seriously. We will not let you down», – promised Durov.

On Tuesday, it became known that Telegram was the second most downloaded app in the United States. Over the past week, it has been downloaded by more than 500 thousand Americans, which is almost three times more than a week earlier. According to the Telegraph, the number of new users began to grow rapidly after the storming of the Capitol by supporters Donald Trump and the subsequent blocking of the accounts of the incumbent president and his supporters on social networks Facebook and Twitter.

Earlier, WhatsApp announced changes in the terms of the user agreement, according to which the provided data will be transmitted to Facebook.

In turn, Durov expressed doubts about the confidentiality of correspondence in WhatsApp. He pointed out that it is impossible to check the encryption of the messenger, since the source code is hidden. «Unsurprisingly, the flight of users from WhatsApp to Telegram, which has been going on for several years, has accelerated», – he summed up.

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