Telegram Gained 25 Million New Users Recently
Telegram has experienced a miraculous increase in users over the past three days. Trump supporters looking for alternatives? Maybe too. In addition, the big competitor Whatsapp pissed off many users with new data protection guidelines.
The messenger service Telegram has gained around 25 million new users within 72 hours. As the Russian app founder Pawel Durow announced on Tuesday, the platform currently has around 500 million monthly active users. This brings Telegram closer to its US competitor WhatsApp, which recently had two billion users worldwide.
One reason for the increase could be that competitor Whatsapp has introduced new data protection conditions. The new regulations stipulate that more data may be passed on to the parent company Facebook. The changes have caused criticism because users outside Europe who do not agree to the terms before February 8th will be banned from the app.
“People no longer want to give up their privacy for free services,” said Durow, without specifically referring to Whatsapp. Telegram is the “greatest haven” for those looking for a private and secure communication platform, he added. Durow assured users that his team “takes this responsibility very seriously”.
A connection with the blocking of many accounts on Twitter would also be possible, which as a social network, however, has slightly different functionality than Telegram. Twitter had damned the accounts of Donald Trump as well as tens of thousands of QAnon followers from the platform. At the same time, the Parler service, popular with right-wing extremists, is offline after Amazon no longer hosts the site. So many users are looking for alternatives to exchange information.
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