The encrypted messaging app Telegram has registered 25 million new customers in the previous 72 hours, its Russia-born founder Pavel Durov mentioned Tuesday, on the heels of WhatsApp saying a change to its privateness phrases.
Durov, 36, mentioned on his Telegram channel that the app had over 500 million month-to-month energetic customers in the primary weeks of January and “25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone”.
The surge in downloads comes after WhatsApp, which boasts over two billion customers, launched controversial adjustments to its privateness situations that may permit it to share extra information with its father or mother firm Facebook.
“People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services,” Durov mentioned with out immediately referring to the rival app.
WhatsApps’s new phrases sparked criticism as customers outdoors Europe who don’t settle for the brand new situations earlier than February 8 might be minimize off from the messaging app.
Telegram is a well-liked social media platform in plenty of international locations, significantly in the previous Soviet Union and Iran, and is used each for personal communications and sharing info and information.
Durov on Tuesday mentioned Telegram has change into the “largest refuge” for these in search of a personal and safe communications platform and warranted new customers that his crew (*25*).
Telegram was based in 2013 by brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov, who additionally based Russia’s social media community VKontakte.
Telegram refuses to cooperate with authorities and handover encryption keys, which resulted in its ban in a number of international locations, together with Russia.
Last yr, Russia introduced that it’s going to carry its ban on the messenger app after greater than two years of unsuccessful makes an attempt to dam it.
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