Telegram has registered over 25 million new users in the last 72 hours.
Russian-born founder Pavel Durov, 36, said on his Telegram channel that the app had over 500 million monthly active users in the first weeks of January and “25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone”.
“People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services,” Durov said without directly referring to WhatsApp.
Durov on Tuesday said Telegram has become the “largest refuge” for those seeking a private and secure communications platform and assured new users that his team “takes this responsibility very seriously”.
“It will allow us to keep innovating and keep growing for decades to come. We will be able to launch countless new features and welcome billions of new users. While doing that, we will remain independent and stay true to our values, redefining how a tech company should operate,” mentioned Durov in the post.
The telegram was founded in 2013 by brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov. They are also the founder of Russia’s social media network VKontakte.
WhatsApp is a popular social media platform and has billions of users around the world. However, the new policy let the users reconsider their choice of using platforms.
However, the tech giant has finally answered some “rumors” and has presented its clarifications. Taking to Twitter, it has announced that the revised policy y “does not affect the privacy of messages with friends or family”. “Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp”.