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Do WhatsApp users flee to Telegram? Russian founder reveals the secret of the ‘app’

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Kamal Saini
Kamal S. has been Journalist and Writer for Business, Hardware and Gadgets at Revyuh.com since 2018. He deals with B2b, Funding, Blockchain, Law, IT security, privacy, surveillance, digital self-defense and network policy. As part of his studies of political science, sociology and law, he researched the impact of technology on human coexistence. Email: kamal (at) revyuh (dot) com

The founder of the Telegram messaging service, Pavel Durov, decided to dispel several myths about its application. According to the Russian entrepreneur, the service is gaining more and more popularity and users are switching from WhatsApp to Telegram.

According to Dúrov’s recent post on its Telegram channel, the US company Facebook has a whole team dedicatedly working full time to find out why Telegram is so popular.

“Imagine dozens of employees working on just that full-time.,” he said.

“I’m happy to save Facebook tens of millions of dollars and give away our free secret: respecting its users,” explained the Russian millionaire and also founder of the VK social network.

“I am happy to save Facebook tens of millions of dollars and give away our secret for free: respect your users,” explained the Russian millionaire and also founder of the social network VK.

Dúrov observed that millions of people are outraged by the latest change in WhatsApp conditions that force users to share all their data with Facebook. 

“It’s no surprise that the flight of users from WhatsApp to Telegram, already ongoing for a few years, has accelerated,” he said.

According to the entrepreneur, WhatsApp is “unable to compete with Telegram in quality and privacy” and has switched to “covert marketing ” to use “payment bots that add biased information to the WhatsApp article on Wikipedia.”

“We have also detected bots that spread inaccurate information about Telegram on social media,” Dúrov said.

To dispel some myths about Telegram, the entrepreneur recalled that all Telegram client applications have been open source since 2013.

“Telegram is the only messaging app in the world that has verifiable builds both for iOS and Android [4]. As for WhatsApp, they intentionally obfuscate their code, making it impossible to verify their encryption and privacy.”

At the same time, Dúrov noted that all Telegram chats have been encrypted since their launch. 

“We have secret chats that are end-to-end and cloud chats that also offer secure and distributed cloud storage in real-time. WhatsApp, in turn, had zero encryption for a few years, and then adopted an encryption protocol financed by the United States Government,” he said.

To summarize, the Russian entrepreneur opined that “people are smart enough to choose what is best for them.” 

“And, judging by the 500 million people who use Telegram, this opinion is justified,” he concluded.

Although Dúrov dedicated his note to the changes in terms and conditions of WhatsApp, some analysts observed that the post also coincided with the blocking of Trump’s accounts by several US social networks.

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