A boom in the Telegram messaging app after news of WhatsApp’s change to its privacy terms from February 8, which will not affect Italy and Europe, where the General Data Protection Regulation, the European regulation on protecting personal data. Telegram registered 25 million new users worldwide in the past 72 hours, according to its Russian-born founder Pavel Durov.
The app had over 500 million monthly active users in the first weeks of January – WhatsApp has 2 billion users – and “25 million new users signed up for Telegram in just the last 72 hours. – Dorof Selector – People no longer want to exchange Their privacy with free services. “
For the founder of Telegram, the app became the “biggest refuge” for those looking for a private and secure communication platform and he assured new users that his team “takes this responsibility very seriously”.
Another chat that saw an increase in downloads in digital stores after criticism for WhatsApp, is the chat that was also recommended by Elon Musk, who is currently the world’s richest man and sponsor of Tesla and Space X.
“Despite the commitment to accept the new terms of service, there will be no increase in data sharing between different companies or any kind of major change,” explains Ernesto Bellisario, an expert attorney in technology law, to ANSA, “The data has already been shared between WhatsApp and Facebook,” Such as the email through which users register for the service or information on the device from which the application is used. Whatsapp asks users to accept new terms of service and not give new privacy consent, which is a frequent practice.