The encrypted messaging app Telegram has registered 25 million new customers previously 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 lively customers within the first weeks of January and “25 million new customers joined Telegram within the final 72 hours alone”.
The surge in downloads comes after WhatsApp, which boasts over two billion customers, launched controversial adjustments to its privateness circumstances that may permit it to share extra information with its mother or father firm Facebook.
“Folks now not wish to trade their privateness free of charge providers,” Durov mentioned with out instantly referring to the rival app.
WhatsApps’s new phrases sparked criticism as customers exterior Europe who don’t settle for the brand new circumstances earlier than February eight shall be lower off from the messaging app.
Telegram is a well-liked social media platform in a lot of international locations, notably within the former Soviet Union and Iran, and is used each for personal communications and sharing info and news.
Durov on Tuesday mentioned Telegram has grow to be the “largest refuge” for these searching for a non-public and safe communications platform and guaranteed new customers that his staff “takes this accountability very critically”.
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.
Final 12 months, Russia introduced that it’ll elevate its ban on the messenger app after greater than two years of unsuccessful makes an attempt to dam it.
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