Telegram founder asks Facebook to 'respect its users' after privacy policy row

The social networking giant WhatsApp recently announced it was revising its privacy policy, which indicated a deeper integration with Facebook over data sharing, thus, giving way to hundreds of people opting for WhatsApp's alternatives apps. Taking a dig WhatsApp, Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Telegram on Saturday said he was giving away their secret of being so popular for free and said: 'respect your users'. 

In a blog , Durov wrote, "I hear Facebook has an entire department devoted to figuring out why Telegram is so popular. Imagine dozens of employees working on just that full-time. I am happy to save Facebook tens of millions of dollars and give away our secret for free: respect your users."

Whatsapp is sending in-app notifications to WhatsApp users and informing them that it has decided to enforce new usage terms that give it wider control over users' data. Meanwhile, Telegram is set to hit the 5 lakh mark or 500 million active users globally, the company is mulling to generate revenue starting 2021, Durov had said late last month. Telegram, which topped 400 million active users earlier this year in April, would bring its own ad platform for public one-to-many channels soon.

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