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Since the announcement to deeply link Facebook and WhatsApp, many users have looked elsewhere or are looking for an alternative. Telegram is one of them.
Something bad is good, it is often said. The adage holds true in the cutthroat tech world, too. While Facebook struggles to convince WhatsApp users that its platform isn’t as bad as they might think, many of them want to look elsewhere. There are no shortage of alternatives and situation benefits especially greatly to Telegram.
Telegram passes the 500 million active user mark
By announcing that WhatsApp was going to share its data with Facebook, it was a real wind of panic that blew among users of the instant messaging platform. They began to worry about the kind of data that would actually be shared and the implications for their privacy. Some have decided to migrate to another platform – Signal, in particular, powered by a simple tweet from Elon Musk -. Equally focused on privacy, Telegram takes advantage of the delicate pass in which WhatsApp finds itself.
thanks to the controversy surrounding WhatsApp and Facebook
Specifically, according to a tweet from Telegram’s official account, the platform claims to have registered during the last 72 hours, the impressive figure of 25 million new users. Not bad is not it ? This allows the service to exceed the symbolic bar of 500 million active users.
That being said, WhatsApp has since clarified the situation regarding changes to its data management policy for users. If we had to summarize, we would say that simply that the platform claims that it cannot read your messages, whether in one-on-one or in group conversations, as long as these are encrypted. Among the false information that has also circulated, WhatsApp explains that it does not analyze the contacts with whom you exchange nor your audio / video calls.
These changes appear to have a greater impact on business accounts and people who interact with businesses. This data will apparently be used to improve the user experience and create more personalized ads.
Telegram surpassed 500 million active users. 25 million new users joined in the last 72 hours: 38% came from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA. https://t.co/1LptHZb9PQ
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) January 12, 2021
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.