Telegram reaches 500 million customers after commotion over WhatsApp

Chatapp Telegram now has 500 million energetic customers. The shift stories Tuesday night that “previously 72 hours greater than 25 million customers from all over the world have joined Telegram”.

The five hundred million mark was damaged within the first week of January, Telegram founder Pavel Durov writes. “Folks now not wish to commerce their privateness totally free companies,” he writes. “They now not wish to be held hostage by tech monopolies that suppose they will get away with the whole lot so long as they’ve sufficient customers.”

The rise within the variety of Telegram customers follows after WhatsApp exterior the European Union comes underneath fireplace for a brand new privateness coverage. It states that customers should comply with information sharing between WhatsApp and Fb, in any other case they may quickly be unable to make use of the app. This issues info similar to phone numbers and places.

By the way, this isn’t the case within the Netherlands. Agreements have been made between the Irish privateness authority and Fb, in order that no person information is exchanged between Fb and WhatsApp throughout the EU.

Along with Telegram, WhatsApp different Sign additionally sees the variety of customers enhance considerably. Within the week after WhatsApp introduced its new coverage, Sign was downloaded 8.8 million occasions worldwide, in keeping with analytics agency Sensor Tower BBC. The variety of downloads was 246,000 within the week earlier than.

The apps additionally look like gaining reputation within the Netherlands. Sign is presently # 1 within the App Retailer. Telegram is quantity three and WhatsApp quantity six. Within the Google Play Retailer, Sign and Telegram are additionally on the high of the record of hottest apps.

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