Telegram hits 500 million active users amid WhatsApp backlash

Telegram hits 500 million active users amid WhatsApp backlash

Telegram is experiencing a surge of recent customers as many WhatsApp customers rethink their loyalty to the Fb-owned chat platform. 

On Tuesday, Telegram despatched customers a message saying the service has surpassed 500 million energetic customers, with 25 million new customers becoming a member of previously 72 hours alone. 

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Telegram CEO and founder Pavel Durov is also called the founding father of Russian social networking website VK, which he left in 2014 after seemingly clashing with Russian authorities over protecting buyer knowledge personal. 

On Tueday, Durov shared just a little extra knowledge relating to Telegram’s current milestone.

“These new customers got here from throughout the globe,” he wrote in his Telegram channel. “We have had surges of downloads earlier than, all through our 7-year historical past of defending person privateness. However this time is completely different. Folks not wish to trade their privateness without spending a dime companies.”

Telegram has been criticized for its coverage of not taking down illegal content in chats or personal teams, which has allowed nonconsensual pornography to spread

The increase in customers might have one thing to do with a change in WhatsApp’s phrases of service, which now state that the app will share sure classes of data with Fb. 

On Tuesday, WhatsApp clarified that the adjustments don’t have an effect on the privateness of customers’ communication with family and friends, and that WhatsApp can’t see anybody’s personal messages or hear their calls. 

Dubai-based Telegram is one in all a number of main WhatsApp opponents that emphasize person privateness. Signal has additionally lately seen a giant inflow of recent customers, presumably because of the adjustments in WhatsApp’s phrases of service and an endorsement from Tesla CEO Elon Musk

UPDATE: Weds, Jan. 13, 12:05 p.m. ET: This story has been up to date to incorporate the truth that Telegram doesn’t take away unlawful content material from chats and personal teams.