Telegram exceeded 500 million active users

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By CAPosts 13 January, 2021 - 09:28am 103 views

After the repercussions that were generated around the update of the WhatsApp privacy policy, many users decided to migrate to other applications such as Telegram, which has been experiencing a meteoric rise.

In the first week of January, this messaging service exceeded the 500 million monthly active users. And it continues to grow: just in the last 72 hours, some 25 million people joined Telegram. These new users come from different parts of the world: 38% from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from North Africa and the Middle East, as reported by its creator, Pável Dúrov, in its Telegram channel.

This is a very significant increase compared to last year's figures, when 1.5 million new users were registered every day.

“People no longer want to trade their privacy for free services . They no longer want to be hostage to technology monopolies who seem to think they can get away with it as long as their applications have a critical mass of users, "said Dúrov in his statement.

And he added:" Those of you who have used Telegram during In recent years they know that we have been consistent both when it comes to defending private data and improving our applications. ”

The controversy around WhatsApp

After WhatsApp published an update to the privacy policy, a stir was generated by the great dissemination of information in relation to these changes that will take effect as of February 8 and that, if they are not accepted by the user, the user will no longer be able to continue using the platform. Now, what are those changes specifically?

A storage function was added for companies to store and manage their WhatsApp Business chats using Facebook's hosting infrastructure

On the other hand, the data has now been reported in more detail that the application collects from the user to operate. Data relating to business messages made when you interact with a WhatsApp Business account of a business that has chosen to store your messages on the new Facebook service is shared with Facebook

A summary of the data that WhatsApp collects to operate and what is coming sharing with Facebook since 2016, as detailed on its official site:

1. User's phone number

2. Information about the device and connection: battery charge, Internet service provider, hardware model and operating system

3. Location information when you decide to use features like “share location” .

4. IP address. Also, “even if you don't use our location-related options, we use the IP address and other information, such as area codes for phone numbers, to estimate what your general location is (eg city and country), it stands out.

5. Information on how the user interacts with others, including companies

6. Reports. "Just as you can report to other users, these or third parties may decide to report your interactions and messages with them or others about our Services, for example, in order to report possible violations of our Conditions or policies," it stands out .

7. In relationship to messages:

Undeliverable messages: if a message cannot be delivered immediately (for example, if the recipient does not have an Internet connection), it is kept encrypted on the servers for a maximum period of 30 days while try to deliver it. If the message is not delivered after 30 days, it is deleted.

Forwarding multimedia files. If a user forwards multimedia files in a message, they are temporarily stored in encrypted form on servers to ensure more effective delivery of additional forwards.

8. Business transactions. "If you use our payment services, or use our Services for purchases or other financial transactions, we will process additional information about you, including information about transactions and payment accounts," it stands out.

Many users fell into account of the data that They were collected years ago and they decided to opt for other applications where less amount of information is collected. This is how some migrated to Signal or Telegram , an app that, in addition to gathering less data, is open. That is, anyone can review the source code, protocol and API, to evaluate how it works and make an informed decision.

The story of Pável Dúrov, co-creator of Telegram

Pável Dúrov was born in 1984 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Together with his brother Nikolai he developed Telegram but before that he became known for founding the social network VK in 2006, which by the end of 2007 already had 3 million users. This made him known as “the Russian Zuckerberg” .

On December 4, 2012 elections were held in the Lower House and the ruling party won. Many VK users shared accusations on that social network about alleged anomalies in the voting process. As a result of this, the Federal Security Service (FSB) approached Pável Dúrov to ask him to block some of those groups that were spreading that information on the network. Durov refused to do so. He was later summoned to testify but was not charged.

Two years after that incident, Dúrov refused to hand over data on the Ukrainian protesters to Russian security agencies and to block some pages of these groups. After these incidents, Dúrov left VK which he accused of having been taken over by the government allies. In 2014 he ended up leaving Russia and continued working for Telegram, which had been founded in 2013. From the beginning, he always defended the platform's commitment to user privacy and security. And so he recalled in the statement released today on his channel when he said:

"With 500 million active users and accelerated growth, Telegram has become the largest refuge for those seeking a communication platform committed to privacy and security. We take this responsibility very seriously. We will not let you down. ”

Source: Infobae

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