Some 25 million users have signed up for Telegram’s messaging platform in the past 72 hours, its founder, Russian Pavel Dubrov, said on Tuesday, in response to rival WhatsApp’s announcement that it would share more data with its parent company, Facebook. .
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“During the first week of January, Telegram exceeded 500 million active users each month. Since then, it has continued to grow: 25 million new users have reached Telegram in the last 72 hours, “Drob promised on his network channel.
“This is a significant increase over last year,” he continued, adding that Telegram already had waves of sudden registrations during “its seven years of experience in protecting its users’ privacy,” but, “this time it is different.”
“People no longer trade their privacy in free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by technical monopolies,” the 36-year-old billionaire added.
Users who reject them will not be able to access their accounts as of February 8th. In this way, the group seeks to make its platform profitable by enabling advertisers to connect with their customers through WhatsApp, and even sell their products directly, as is already happening in India.
This post also had implications for another messaging app, Signal, which has been on the list of the most downloaded Apple Store and Google Play platforms in several countries since last week.
Telegram, founded in 2013 by brothers Pavel and Nikolai Dubrov, creators of the popular Russian social network VKontakte, confirms that security is its top priority and generally refuses to cooperate with authorities, leading to blocking attempts in some countries, all over Russia.
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