It is often said that to something bad is good. The proverb is also true in the ruthless world of technology. While Facebook is having a hard time convincing WhatsApp users that its platform is not as harmful as they might think, many of them want to look elsewhere. There is no lack of alternatives, and Telegram in particular benefits greatly from this situation.
Telegram exceeds 500 million active users
When WhatsApp announced that it would share its data with Facebook, it caused panic among instant messaging platform users. They began to worry about the kind of data that would actually be shared and the implications for their privacy. Some decided to migrate to another platform – Signal, in particular, powered by a simple tweet from Elon Musk. Equally focused on privacy, Telegram is taking advantage of the tricky pass in which WhatsApp finds itself.
Thanks to the controversy around WhatsApp and Facebook
Specifically, according to a tweet from Telegram’s official account, the platform claims to have registered an impressive 25 million new users in the last 72 hours. Not bad, isn’t it? This allows the service to surpass the symbolic bar of 500 million active users.
That being said, WhatsApp has since clarified the situation regarding changes to its user data management policy. If we had to summarize, we would simply say that the platform states that it cannot read your messages, whether in pair or group conversations, as long as they are encrypted. Among the misinformation that has also been circulated, WhatsApp explains that it does not analyze the contacts with whom you are chatting or your audio/video calls.
It would appear that these changes are having a greater impact on business accounts and people who interact with businesses. It appears that this data will be used to improve the user experience and create more personalized advertising.