Telegram, which has surpassed 500 million month-to-month energetic customers (MAUs), registered 25 million (2.5 crore) new customers becoming a member of the platform globally within the final 72 hours alone as customers shun WhatsApp over information privateness considerations, its CEO Pavel Durov has revealed.
These new customers got here from throughout the globe — 38 per cent from Asia, 27 per cent from Europe, 21 per cent from Latin America and eight per cent from MENA (Middle East and North Africa).
“This is a significant increase compared to last year, when 1.5 million new users signed up every day. We’ve had surges of downloads before, throughout our 7-year history of protecting user privacy. But this time is different,” Durov stated in a blog publish on Tuesday.
“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”.
According to information from App analytics agency Sensor Tower, Signal led the pack with over 23 lakh new downloads between January 6 and January 10 in India, whereas Telegram clocked greater than 16 lakh new downloads in the identical interval.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp’s downloads fell by 35 per cent over the January 6 to January 10 time-period, with 13 lakh new downloads. Between January 1 to January 5, WhatsApp had clocked 20 lakh new downloads.
According to Durov, with half a billion energetic customers and accelerating development, Telegram has turn out to be the biggest refuge for these in search of a communication platform dedicated to privateness and safety.
“We take this responsibility very seriously. We won’t let you down”. The surge got here as customers questioned the upcoming WhatsApp Terms of Service and privateness coverage, triggering a worldwide debate.