Telegram Founder: WhatsApp Caused the “Largest Digital Migration in History”

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WhatsApp’s controversial privacy update has caused quite an en-masse migration to alternative services, including Telegram and Signal, as users were concerned their data could eventually land in the hands of Facebook and other third-party companies.

Telegram exceeded 500 million active users earlier this year, and now founder Pavel Durov says the number of accounts activated on the platform skyrocketed even more in the last few days.

The increase has accelerated so much we may be witnessing the largest digital migration in human history, Durov explains in a blog post this week, revealing that even political leaders have joined the platform.

Both the Presidents of Brazil and Turkey are now using Telegram, in addition to leaders of France, Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and Mexico, all of which have been active on the platform for quite a while.

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