Within 72 hours or three days only, Telegram has added a total of 25 million new users on their app.
According to report, its rival app, WhatsApp had the most contribution in this factor due to its issues with privacy. People went looking for an alternative then, Telegram appeared.
Telegram reaches highest user-base in 2021
On Wednesday, January 13, Telegram achieves its best start of the year—reaching over 500 million users, for year 2021.
After the app’s initial release in 2013, the messaging app is now on its highest user base ever. Surprisingly, this record happened most in over 72 hours only.
As said by Telegram’s founder and CEO Pavel Durov, this increase was one of the highest spikes happened in less than 7 years.
Out of the 25 million new users, a majority (38%) of new users are from Asia, followed by 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA.
Why Telegram receives millions of new users
However, since the latter app, has been facing privacy concerns from left to right, WhatsApp original users were forced to find an alternative app.
TechVisibility already reported the WhatsApp issue in its past reports. But, to recall, WhatsApp announced a new privacy update for its users.
According to report, all users have until February 8, in order to choose on either connecting their app to Facebook, or never allow user to log-in anymore.
Not so surprisingly, a lot of users take this update as ‘wrong’ and violation of their privacy.
The government of Turkey even said that they might file an antitrust case against the app for this announcement.
With all the people’s rants against the app, WhatsApp released statement regarding the decision:
“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products,” says WhatsApp.
Telegram throws shade against WhatsApp
In a very interesting turn of events, Telegram CEO seemed to also throw shades against WhatsApp, saying that Telegram won’t do the same thing.
“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,” said by him on a post.
“Those of you who have used Telegram for the last several years know we’ve been consistent both when it comes to defending private data and to improving our apps.”