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25 Million New Users Joined Telegram Over Last 72 hours: CEO

Devanshi Doshi

Telegram saw a surge in the number of its users after WhatsApp rolled out its new privacy policy. As a result, in just three days, Telegram registered around 25 million new users, according to its founder Pavel Durov. Durov said Telegram surpassed 500 million monthly active users mark in the first week of January but, more remarkably, 25 million new users joined the app in the last 72 hours alone following WhatsApp’s controversial privacy policy change. 

“People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services,” Durov wrote on his Telegram channel. 

Recently, WhatsApp’s new privacy policy had birthed a controversy all across the world. Apprehension of data insecurity made people switch to available alternatives, the most famous ones were Telegram and Signal. As a result, Telegram benefited by gaining a prodigious number of new users in less than 3 days. 38 per cent users were from Asia, 27 per cent from Europe, 21 per cent from Latin America and 8 per cent from MENA (the Middle East and North Africa). In a recent blog post, Durov 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.”

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According to a report by CNBC, between January 6 to January 10, Signal installs reached close to 7.5 million globally. We also saw the world’s now richest man Elon Musk seizing the opportunity and tweeting a two worded tweet reading: Use Signal. His promotion undoubtedly helped gain the app a huge number of new users. However, by the end of the day, Signal Advance Inc. shares had surged more than sixfold. As of January 11, the tweet was enough to push Signal Advance’s rally more than 5,100% in three trading days giving it a market valuation of $390 million. People confused the encrypting message service app with Signal Advance, a tech company based in Texas. Despite reports about the confusion on Friday, the stock has continued to rally. Shares of the Rosharon, Texas-based company surged as much as 885% on Monday before paring the gains.

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