Russia’s founder Pável Dúrov said Tuesday, in reaction to rival WhatsApp’s announcement that it would share more data with its parent company, Facebook, has registered nearly 25 million users on its Telegram messaging platform in the last 72 hours. .
“During the first week of January, Telegram exceeded 500 million monthly active users. And after that, it continued to grow: 25 million new users came to Telegram in the last 72 hours,” Deroff said on his network.
He continued: “This is a significant increase compared to last year,” adding that Telegram had already had sudden waves of registrations during “seven years of experience protecting the privacy of its users,” but “this time is different.”
The 36-year-old billionaire added: “People no longer trade in their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by technology monopolies.”
WhatsApp is criticized by users and competitors
Users who reject them will not be able to access their accounts from February 8th. In this way, the group seeks to make its platform profitable by allowing advertisers to contact their customers via WhatsApp, and even sell their products directly, as is already the case in India.
This announcement also had consequences for another messaging app, Signal, which since last week has been on the most-downloaded list on the Apple Store and Google Play platforms in many countries.
Founded in 2013 by brothers Pável and Nikolái Dúrov, the creators before the popular Russian social network VKontakte, Telegram asserts security as its priority and generally refuses to cooperate with the authorities, which has led to blockade attempts in some countries, on everything in Russia.