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Social Media: Telegram surpasses 500 million subscriber globally

By Juliet Umeh

Social Media messaging application, Telegram said it has crossed 500 million subscribers globally.
It said it has also added 25 million new users in the last few days while gaining grounds amid the controversy over another social media app, WhatsApp’s latest privacy policy update.

The messaging app explained that 38 percent of the new users are from Asia, followed by Europe (27 percent), Latin America (21 percent) and MENA (Middle East and North Africa at eight percent).

In a statement, Telegram said it surpassed 500 million monthly active users in the first week of January, and “has continued to grow with 25 million new users joining Telegram in the last 72 hours alone”.

Also in a recent blogpost, Telegram CEO, Pavel Durov, said global user addition has seen a “significant increase” compared to last year when 1.5 million new users signed up every day, and that with its current growth rate, Telegram is on track to reach billions of users in the near future.

“We’ve had surges of downloads before, throughout our 7-year history of protecting user privacy. But this time is different. People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services…With half a billion active users and accelerating growth, Telegram has become the largest refuge for those seeking a communication platform committed to privacy and security,” he said.

Durov added that the company takes this responsibility very seriously.
“Unlike other popular apps, Telegram doesn’t have shareholders or advertisers to report to. We don’t do deals with marketers, data miners or government agencies. Since the day we launched in August 2013 we haven’t disclosed a single byte of our users’ private data to third parties,” he claimed.

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