The 36-year-old Drove, some of whom spent their childhood in Italy, said the app had more than 500 million active users in the first weeks of January and “25 million new users joined. Only Telegram in the last 72 hours”.
Throw does not mention competitive use, but in his view, explains that “people no longer want to trade their privacy for free services”.
WhatsApp’s new rules have provoked criticism as non-European users who do not accept the new terms before February 8 will be disconnected from the news app. Drove said on Tuesday that Telegram had become a “great refuge” for those looking for a private and secure communications site, and that his team had assured new users that it would “take this responsibility very seriously.”
The Telegram was founded in 2013 by brothers Powell and Nikolai Trov, who also founded the Russian social network V.Kontakte. Refusal to cooperate with any authority and refusal to hand over encryption keys to messages is one of its most popular traits, which led to its ban in many countries, including Russia. At the end of last year, Moscow announced the lifting of the ban.