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Crossing The 500 Million After 25 Million Join In 72Hours ;Says Telegram

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by Helvine Achieng January 14, 2021

Telegram has stated that it has recorded a surge in the number of new users in its platform just less than a week after WhatsApp announced changes to its policies. According to Pavel Durov, the platform now has more than 500 million monthly users and has received 25 million new users in the last 72 hours.

"In the first week of January, Telegram surpassed 500 million monthly active users. After that, it kept growing: 25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone," said Mr Durov, adding that new users came from across the globe.

Thirty-eight per cent came from Asia, 27 % from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from the Middle East and North Africa region.

"People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies that seem to think they can get away with anything as long as their apps have a critical mass of users." He added, "WhatsApp has been facing backlash from users over its updated policy effective February 8th," Telegram seems determined to capitalise on this.

“With half a billion active users and accelerating growth, Telegram has become the largest refuge for those seeking a communication platform committed to privacy and security. We take this responsibility very seriously. We won't let you down," he added.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp's privacy update has also seen a surge in users' messaging app signal with the company reporting delays in phone number verification of new accounts across multiple cell providers. In response, WhatsApp issued a clarification saying that the policy update does not affect the privacy of messages.

"We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data," said WhatsApp on its blog.

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