Launching just two and a half years ago, Telegram has come a long way from its humble beginnings. The encrypted messaging application which has forever been plagued by a dearth of active users, is now well on its way to overcoming the obstacle. At the Mobile World Congress 2016, the company has announced that the app now has 100 Million active users; that’s a big number. Even more fascinating is the fact that the app is getting over 350,000 new users every single day.
The application has grown at an expedited pace in the past few months. Although it still has a long way to go before being on par with the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, it’s been adding around 38 million users on a monthly basis since May. Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp, on the other hand, have 1 billion and 800 million active monthly users respectively.
As the encryption based messaging app reveals, one of the company’s main concerns has been privacy, with profit being a secondary goal. Akin to Apple’s iMessage, the service uses end-to-end encryption which protects the messages from being intercepted by any snooping parties. Even if the messages are intercepted, they cannot be decrypted. Although the measures are in place to protect user privacy, the service has previously come under fire from those who consider the application being a strong attraction for terrorist groups using it for malicious activities. Even though Telegram is still adamant on safeguarding the privacy of its users, the company did begin a crackdown on malicious public channels within the application in response to the aforementioned allegations.
It’s clear that the founder of the company, Pavel Durov, keeps consumer privacy in very high regard, so it wasn’t a surprise when he voiced his support for Tim Cook at MWC 2016 regarding the San Bernardino case.