- Telegram now has over 500 million active users on its platform.
- Over 25 million people joined Telegram in the past 72 hours alone.
- 38 percent of the new users were from Asia, 27 percent from Europe, 21 percent from Latin America, and 8 percent from Middle East and North America
Despite the seemingly meteoric rise in Telegram’s user base, it still pales in comparison to WhatsApp, which is estimated to have as many as 2 billion users worldwide. It’ll be interesting to see just how much WhatsApp’s user base was affected by these new policy changes. Realistically speaking, it shouldn’t be very significant, as a good chunk of users and businesses will still continue to use WhatsApp due to familiarity and ease of use. WhatsApp even issued a statement to clear the air around its new policies.
Throughout its seven-year history, Telegram has consistently remained several steps ahead of WhatsApp in terms of features. For example, Telegram support E2E (end-to-end) encryption well before WhatsApp, along with loads of other features like stickers, the ability to embed GIFs, and more. Furthermore, Telegram lets users communicate with each other without a phone number, which adds an extra layer of privacy.