Facebook 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. After the announcement of the new policy, users are looking for Whatsapp alternatives. Telegram witnessed 25 million new users joining the platform in the past 72 hours.
In the recent, Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Telegram said,"This is a significant increase compared to last year, when 1.5M new users signed up every day. 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. They no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies that seem to think they can get away with anything as long as their apps have a critical mass of users."
In the first week of January, Telegram crossed 500 million monthly active users. It has continued to grow with 25 million new users joining the platform in the last 72 hours alone. These new users are from across the globe 38 per cent from Asia, 27 per cent from Europe, 21 per cent from Latin America and 8 per cent from MENA.