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 knowledge privateness issues, 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 big enhance in comparison with final 12 months, when 1.5 million new customers signed up daily. We’ve had surges of downloads earlier than, all through our 7-year historical past of defending person privateness. But this time is completely different,” Durov mentioned in a weblog submit on Tuesday.
“People 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’ll get away with something so long as their apps have a vital mass of customers”.
According to knowledge 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 lively customers and accelerating development, Telegram has grow to be the biggest refuge for these looking for a communication platform dedicated to privateness and safety.
“We take this duty very critically. We will not allow you to down”. The surge got here as customers questioned the upcoming WhatsApp Terms of Service and privateness coverage, triggering a world debate.