Durov said in a statement on Telegram that the number of Telegram users in the first week of this year exceeded 500 million.
Pointing out that the number of Telegram users continues to increase, Durov said, “25 million users have joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone. 38 percent of them are from Asia, 27 percent from Europe, 21 percent from Latin America and percent. “8 came from the Middle East and Africa region, a significant increase compared to last year, when 1.5 million new users were registered each day.”
“TELEGRAM BIGGEST SHELTER”
Stating that people no longer want to hand over their privacy in exchange for free services, Durov said, “People do not want to be held hostage by technology monopolies who think they can get away with everything as long as their applications have a significant number of users. “We take this responsibility very seriously. We will not disappoint you.”
Arguing that its users are the top priority for Telegram, Durov said:
“Unlike other popular apps, Telegram has no shareholders or advertisers to account for. We do not deal with marketers, data miners or government agencies. Since the day we launched in August 2013, we have not shared a single byte of our users’ private data with third parties. This is how we work. Because we don’t see Telegram as an organization or an application. For us, Telegram is an idea, the idea that everyone on this planet has the right to be free. “
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