The encrypted messaging app Telegram has registered 25 million new users in the past 72 hours, its Russia-born founder Pavel Durov said Tuesday, on the heels of WhatsApp announcing a change to its privacy terms.
Durov, 36, said on his Telegram channel that the app had over 500 million monthly active users in the first weeks of January and “25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone”.
“In the past 72 hours alone, more than 25 million new users from around the world joined Telegram.
“Thank you! These milestones were made possible by users like you who invite their friends to Telegram.”
The surge in downloads comes after WhatsApp, which boasts over two billion users, introduced controversial changes to its privacy conditions that will allow it to share more data with its parent company Facebook.
People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services,” Durov said without directly referring to the rival app.
WhatsApps’s new terms sparked criticism as users outside Europe who do not accept the new conditions before February 8 will be cut off from the messaging app.
Telegram boasts more features compared to WhatsApp and it’s also available in different countries of the world. Though, WhatsApp has clarified it stand on the new policy, users still feel threatened with their data.