Pavel Durov unveils that the application’s rush increase in users has hastened even further. He states that the application acquired 500 million users in the first week of January 2021. As such, Telegram reached a quarter of the number of users that WhatsApp had in 2020. Thus Durov said, ‘We may be witnessing the largest digital migration in human history”.
Early January 2021, the company had 25 million new users that joined Telegram with a span of 72 hours. Durov highlighted that “we’ve had surges of downloads before, throughout our 7-year history of protecting user privacy, but this time is deferent”. Durov gladly announced that several world leaders have joined to the platform. These individuals include the president of Brazil and the president of Turkey. President of France Emmanuel Mcron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ntanyahu recently signed up to Telegram.
Durov said, “As a result, Telegram channels are the only direct way for opinion leaders to reliably connect with their audiences …By removing the manipulative algorithms that have become synonymous with 2010’s technology platforms, Telegram channels restore transparency and integrity to the public “one-to-many” communication”.