Telegram, which has surpassed 500 million month-to-month lively 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 (Center East and North Africa).
“This can be a vital enhance in comparison with final 12 months, when 1.5 million new customers signed up day-after-day. We have had surges of downloads earlier than, all through our 7-year historical past of defending consumer privateness. However this time is totally different,” Durov stated in a weblog put up on Tuesday.
“Folks not need to change their privateness without spending a dime companies. They not need to be held hostage by tech monopolies that appear to assume they will get away with something so long as their apps have a important mass of customers”.
In line with information from App analytics agency Sensor Tower, Sign 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.
In the meantime, 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.
In line with Durov, with half a billion lively customers and accelerating progress, Telegram has turn out to be the most important refuge for these looking for a communication platform dedicated to privateness and safety.
“We take this accountability very severely. We cannot allow you to down”. The surge got here as customers questioned the upcoming WhatsApp Phrases of Service and privateness coverage, triggering a world debate.