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Telegram announces 25M new users joined the app in last 3 days

13 January 2021 0

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.

While announcing the big achievement the app has gained in the past 3 days, the company also took a jab at WhatsApp that has been attracting the most attention these days due to its changed terms and privacy policy. WhatsApp started pushing full-screen pop-ups to the users On January 4, making them aware of the new privacy policy that will take into effect after February 8. The users were given no choice. They had to hit “Agree” if they wish to continue using the messaging service. Well, many users clicked “Agree” without reading the changes that WhatsApp is making to its privacy policy, because yes they wish to be on the platform whatsoever. But in reality, not everyone is happy after knowing what changes are being made.

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.

Punching WhatsApp’s new privacy policy on the face, Durov writes,

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.

Telegram is enjoying all the attention it is getting after WhatsApp announced it's updated terms and privacy policy. Meanwhile, Telegram is availing this situation completely and also mocking the idea of sharing users’ data with third-party companies. You can find a number of sarcastic tweets by Telegram Messenger on Twitter -

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.

If you wish to try the app out, follow the link provided below -

Telegram | Android | Play Store, Free

Telegram app | iOS | App Store, Free


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