24 December 2020
Telegram’s founder Pavel Valerievich Durov proudly announced via his Telegram channel that the messaging app was able to surpass 500M monthly active users in the first week of January. He also announced that 25M new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone. Breaking this big figure further, Telegram shared that new users came from across the globe – 38% from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America, and 8% from MENA (the Middle East and North Africa region). However, it is unknown, how many of them come from the Android and iOS platforms separately.
Durov points out that this is a significant increase compared to the last year when 1.5M users signed up every day. He further revealed that although the company had seen surges in downloads before, this time it is pretty different.
This brings a great advantage to all other messaging apps in competition with WhatsApp. Clearly, Telegram is one of those apps that is seeing some glorious days in the history of its 7 years.
People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies that seem to think they can get away with anything as long as their apps have a critical mass of users.
Drove points out the company takes the responsibility to respect users’ privacy forever and it will not let anyone down. Durov once again brings out his statement he once made in 2018 in a post to share his stance on privacy –
You – our users – have been and will always be our only priority. Unlike other popular apps, Telegram doesn’t have shareholders or advertisers to report to. We don’t do deals with marketers, data miners or government agencies. Since the day we launched in August 2013 we haven’t disclosed a single byte of our users' private data to third parties.
We operate this way because we don’t regard Telegram as an organization or an app. For us, Telegram is an idea; it is the idea that everyone on this planet has a right to be free.
It is a show time for Telegram, in fact, for any other messaging app in direct competition with Facebook’s WhatsApp. All these apps claim to score above WhatsApp in privacy.
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