Telegram has always been one of the more popular messaging apps especially for those who believe privacy and protecting their data is important. Normally they would get 1.5 million new users every day but these past few days they are getting more than the usual. In fact, in the past 72 hours, they have gained 25 million new users according to Telegram CEO and founder Pavel Durov. This means that they have more than 500 million monthly active users as of the first week of January. They probably have WhatsApp to thank for this sudden surge of users.
Durov noted in a blog post that this is an unusual surge for them throughout the 7 years that they have been around. And while he did not particularly name WhatsApp, his words obviously are referring to the Faceboook-owned messaging app. He stated that people no longer want to sacrifice their privacy just to be able to get free services. He criticized “tech monopolies” that have been getting away with holding users hostage just to be able to get a “critical mass of users.”
Telegram surpassed 500 million active users. 25 million new users joined in the last 72 hours: 38% came from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA. https://t.co/1LptHZb9PQ
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) January 12, 2021
But either way, it looks like people have had enough of WhatsApp and would rather go to apps like Telegram. Durov assures users that they are the top priority of the company especially since they don’t have shareholders or advertisers. “Telegram is an idea; it is the idea that everyone on this planet has a right to be free,” he emphasized.