MOSCOW (Reuters) – The encrypted messaging app Telegram has registered 25 million new users in the past 72 hours, Russian-born founder Pavel Drov said on Tuesday, announcing a change in his privacy requirements on his WhatsApp application. He said
Durov, 36, said on his Telegram channel that the app had 500 million monthly active subscribers in the first weeks of January and “25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone”.
The increase comes after WhatsApp, which has over two billion users, introduced controversial changes to its privacy terms that allowed it to share more data with its parent company, Facebook. Will
“People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services,” Drouf said, without directly quoting the competitor’s app. WhatsApp’s new terms have been criticized because users outside Europe who do not accept the new terms before February 8 will be disconnected from the messaging app.
Telegram is a popular social media platform in many countries, especially in the former Soviet Union and Iran, and is used for both private communication and the exchange of information and news.
Daroff said Tuesday that Telegram has become “the biggest refuge” for those looking for a private and secure communication platform and assured new users that his team “takes this responsibility very seriously.” ” The Telegram was founded in 2013 by Brothers Payal and Nikolai Drov, who also founded the Russian social media network VKontakte.