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Telegram reaches 500 million users with WhatsApp “escape”

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy has taken users to other messaging apps. One of the beneficiaries is Telegram, which surpassed the mark of 500 million users in the first week of January. Between Saturday (9) and Tuesday (12), the app registered over 25 million new users, which is well above its average.

To give you an idea, in 2020, Telegram registered an average of 1.5 million new users per day. Among those who registered in the application in the last three days, 21% are from Latin America – another 38% are from Asia, 27% from Europe and 8% from the Middle East and North Africa.

The figures were presented by the founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, who commented on the growth. Without mentioning WhatsApp, he said that users are looking for a platform committed to privacy and security. According to him, the service has had peak downloads before, but now it is different.

“People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by monopolies that seem to think they can get away with anything, as long as their applications have a critical mass of users, ”said Durov.

Regarding the trust placed by new users in Telegram, he said: “We take this responsibility very seriously. We will not disappoint you ”.

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Telegram’s growth comes after WhatsApp introduced its new privacy policy. The document removed excerpts that addressed the possibility of banning data sharing with Facebook. In addition, he went on to give more details on what information is available to Mark Zuckerberg’s social network.

With the move, many sites reported that it would be necessary to allow data sharing with Facebook to continue using WhatsApp. In fact, data exchange between services has been taking place since 2016, when the messenger asked users for permission. However, the policy change drew attention to the platform’s practice.

This has made competitors like Telegram and Signal gain space among users. According to App Annie, the two became more popular on Google Play and the App Store. On Sunday (10), the applications reached the first place in downloads in both stores in dozens of countries.

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