Telegram said Wednesday it had exceeded 500 million active users worldwide. Brian Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp before selling it to Facebook and then co-founding the Signal Foundation, declined to provide equivalent data for Signal but said the expansion has been “vertical” in recent days. “We saw unprecedented growth last week,” Acton said in an email to Reuters.
“It’s safe to say that with this record growth, we’re even more interested in finding talented people.” He also said Signal is working on improving its video and group chat capabilities so it can better compete with WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams. and other conference apps that have become indispensable for everyday life in the last year. According to data from Sensor Tower, the signal was downloaded by 17.8 million users in the past seven days, a 62-fold increase over the previous week.
WhatsApp was downloaded by 10.6 million users over the same period, a decrease of 17%. Privacy advocates pounced on the WhatsApp changes.
Facebook points to Facebook’s poor track record in helping consumers handle their data. Many suggest that users migrate to other platforms. The Silicon Valley-based nonprofit Signal Foundation, which is currently overseeing the app, was launched in February 2018
Acton is providing $ 50 million initial funding.
Donations have been going on since then, Tesla Inc chief executive officer Elon Musk among the supporters, and Acton said there are no plans to look for various sources of funding. “Millions of people value privacy enough to maintain it and we are trying to demonstrate that there is an alternative to it
ad-based business models that exploit user privacy, ”Acton said, adding that donations“ flow in ”.