Telegram has increased its subscriber network just days after WhatsApp’s decision to share users’ private data with Facebook App.
In a tweet, Telegram messenger reported that it has surpassed 500 million active users with 25 million new users joining in the last 72 hours.
Telegram surpassed 500 million active users. 25 million new users joined in the last 72 hours: 38% came from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA. https://t.co/1LptHZb9PQ
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) January 12, 2021
WhatsApp, an online-based messaging platform, was deemed secure until a recent move that offered users to link their status updates with the Facebook App in their timelines.
The data collected by WhatsApp include things like profile names and pictures, phone numbers, other phone numbers in the user’s phone, and more.
In 2016, a couple of years after it acquired the company, Facebook gave WhatsApp users the option to opt-out of having their data made available to Facebook — something the new policy reverses.
WhatsApp user data will be shared with the ‘Facebook family of companies’ under the updated terms.