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Does Telegram’s sudden massive growth signify the fall of WhatsApp?

Are people starting to leave Whatsapp? If so, why and to where; Telegram? Several people claim that the telegram app is a scam and allows for many illegal activities. At the same time, over 500 million people sit on the other side, singing praises to Telegram. 

Whatever side of the table you’re on, you must be intrigued by Telegram’s massive user growth. THey’ve just gained over 25 million followers in just three days, according to founder and CEO Pavel Durov.

The initial tip came to me through this tweet from Naija_PR, owners of the website naijapr.com, a platform that lets you know all that happens in Nigeria. It’s no surprise that news like this comes from a Nigerian media platform, given that Telegram has a huge active user base from Nigeria. Is it scam-related? Maybe. but that’s a story for another day.

In this article, I’ll try to explain Telegram’s sudden striking growth, which likely ties most to WhatsApp’s new privacy policy. Also, I’ll discuss the benefits of the telegram app and why you should be a part of this social media platform if you aren’t already. 

It’s so obvious to see the pros of Telegram when you make a comparison to WhatsApp.

Without further ado, let’s dive in;

Are People really leaving Whatsapp for Telegram?

 Whatsapp’s new privacy policy update has a created a storm, one which has caused an exodus to other messaging apps such as Telegram. Telegram is always happy to sweep off 25 million users from Whatsapp in just a matter of 72 hours. Imagine what would happen in a year if this policy mess continues. Ding! If that doesn’t smell, taste, or even feel like bad news for Whatsapp!

Even before the sudden spike in user growth, Telegram already enjoyed an impressive increase in user numbers, 1.5 million a day in 2020. These numbers certainly light a fire under Whatsapp’s ass. I believe it’s safe to say, the world’s most popular app (Whatsapp) is under serious threat.

Let’s talk a little more about the famous Whatsapp privacy policy update. For most parts of the world, you can either accept the rule or leave the app. A policy that is “said” only to smoothen synchronization between Facebook and Whatsapp, in order to better user experience – according to Facebook’s authorities. 

In reality, this policy may just be a means for Facebook to make a lot more money from ads. Why? because all of your data regarding payments, financial transactions, and customer support/communications on Whatsapp, will be shared with Facebook. This way, you may end up buying a product of Facebook, because of your personal actions and transactions on Whatsapp. 

You can read more about this tricky privacy policy; truths and misinformation in this article from TheIndianExpress.

Why you should immediately join Telegram if you haven’t already.

Here’s why you should download the telegram app and join the community immediately.

  • First, Telegram is the Editor’s choice for messaging apps according to Google Play, if you know what that means. 
  • Telegram recently exceeded 500 million users and is experiencing immense user growth. If you’ve been waiting to jump ship, now’s probably the time.
  • Before the arrival of the Supfrica messaging app from Africa (proven to be 2 times faster than Whatsapp), Telegram was the fastest messaging on the market; connecting people via a unique, distributed network of data centers around the globe.
  • Telegram offers really smooth synchronization, which means you can access your messages from all your devices at once. Start typing on your phone and finish the message from your tablet or laptop. Never lose your data again. With Whatsapp, you will have to lose your data to Facebook, that’s it’s own kind of synchronization, funny!
why is telegram gaining massive new followers? are users leaving whatsapp?
Use the Telegram app on all your devices, almost simultaneously.
  • Telegram lets you send media and files, whatever the size and type. Your entire chat history will require no disk space on your device and will be securely stored in the Telegram cloud for as long as you need it. Here’s my best part, sending heavy images on telegram without a loss in quality. You wouldn’t say the same for Whatsapp, would you?
  • Telegram gives you the luxury to create group chats for up to 200,000 members, share large videos, documents of any type (.DOCX, .MP3, .ZIP, etc.). 
  • With Telegram, you can easily set up bots for specific tasks. It’s the perfect tool for hosting online communities and coordinating teamwork.
  • PRIVACY: I had to write this in bold. Telegram takes your privacy seriously and will never give third parties access to your data. I believe now we understand the exodus from Whatsapp.

Telegram also works even with the weakest internet connections. We can go on and on…

Why is Telegram still banned in many countries?

Despite Telegram’s privacy, security, and no ad policies, it remains the enemy of many governments. The telegram app was built as a result of a lack of trust for governments and server authorities. Russian-born CEO, Pavel began programming Telegram for users who wanted more security and privacy in their messaging.

Unfortunately, Telegram’s popularity has also earned the app the attention of governments around the world. Some governments such as those of Iran and Russia cite national security as the main reason for blocking the app. They claim that the Islamic State uses Telegram to organize terrorism plots, spread propaganda, and communicate with foreign governments.

Is Telegram truly as secure as we’d think?

Cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward says; “Nobody quite knows how it works, and a lot of the security analysis that has been done of it suggests that it’s not as secure as some people think it is,”. By “it”, Alan is referring to Telegram’s own secure messaging protocol (“MTProto”) that critics say is questionable in robustness, security, and bugs. 

Read more about the Telegram-Government tug of war, in this article from DOGTOWN MEDIA. This only proves that Telegram is the app for users who desire to enjoy real privacy. For those in countries allowed to use Telegram, I’d say you’re lucky and I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity.

Conclusion.

While Whatsapp prefers to share almost all of its data with Facebook, Telegram prefers to offer a truly free means of communication. The ability to enjoy the freedom created by the internet, which is unlike any ever seen before. 

While Mark Zuckerberg gives us the impression that he wants to make our lives on social media much better, all he really wants is to know you better, share that information with advertisers, in order to make a lot more money for himself. 

While it might truly be too soon to sing “the fall of Whatsapp”, I really can’t wait to write the refrain of that song. Let me know what you think of all this in the comments section at the bottom of this page. Also, share this article, to help enlighten a person or two. 

15 thoughts on “Does Telegram’s sudden massive growth signify the fall of WhatsApp?”

  1. Really nice write-up about telegram here. Really great app. I still don’t get what all the fuss is about on WhatsApps new privacy policy. Most of us use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family and so, the new policy doesn’t affect us in any way. Great to see telegram taking advantage of this scenario though.

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