Wed 13 January 2021:
Message application Telegram has reached more than 500 million active users, recording 25 million new ones in the past 72 hours, according to founder Pavel Durov.
The number of users exceeded 500 million during the first week of the new year, according to Durov.
“Twenty-five million users have joined Telegram in the last 72 hours. 38% of them are from Asia, 27% from Europe, and 21% from Latin America,” he said, indicating the number of users continues to increase.
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The WhatsApp messaging service forced many users last week to agree to new privacy rules for sharing personal data with Facebook companies.
Users will not be able to use the application service unless they accept the terms.
Founded in 2013 by Pavel Durov, Dubai-based Telegram is a multimedia messaging app that competes with WhatsApp. Durov, the billionaire majority owner of the company, developed the app after creating Russia’s largest social network, according to Forbes. A representative from the company was not immediately available for comment on its surge in new user downloads.
Messaging app Signal saw a 4,200% boost in users following backlash to the WhatsApp news. From January 6-10, the app added 7.5 million downloads, according to data from Sensor Tower.
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