2021 started with scandals everywhere. One of them is related to WhatsApp and updating its terms and conditions. The situation continues to generate too much controversy to this day, which suggests that more and more people are showing greater concern about the privacy of their data. Many users are unhappy with the changes implemented and, as expected, find themselves looking for other options to send messages. Telegram it’s an example.
Obviously, WhatsApp rivals are taking advantage of the disappointment with the Facebook service. During the last week, downloads of other messaging applications have increased exponentially. According to Pavel Durov, founder and director of Telegram, his service added 25 million new users in just 72 hours. To put the above into context, Telegram used to get roughly 1.5 million new users per day during 2020.
After the controversy with WhatsApp, Telegram also broke its record of active monthly users
Of the 25 million users obtained, 38% are from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from the Middle East. “People no longer want to trade their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be hostage to technology monopolies that seem to think they can get away with it as long as their applications have a critical mass of users, “said Pavel Durov himself.
Likewise, Telegram broke its record of monthly active users. They surpassed the 500 million mark, an impressive number. These numbers clearly reflect that a large number of people are interested in abandoning WhatsApp. Or at least they are exploring new horizons that not only allow them to send instant messages, but also guarantee the privacy of their information. Telegram, but above all Signal, they apparently serve that purpose.
Signal, the other winner
This same week we tell you that Signal, the other messaging app focused on privacy and security, seized the throne of downloads from WhatsApp in the App Store and Google Play. Signal gained even more relevance because Elon musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, recommended using this platform through his Twitter account. It is well known that Musk has never looked favorably on Facebook’s practices regarding the processing of personal data.
Beyond the interest we may have in the growth of Telegram or Signal, it will be even more curious to see if WhatsApp usage really starts to decline in the next few months. Another possibility is that nothing changes and we find ourselves living only a stage of uncertainty with the Facebook platform. After all, the social network has been surrounded by privacy scandals in recent years and a good portion of its users have ignored them.
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