Pro-Privacy App Telegram Moves Ahead of Facebook Messenger as the Public Divests From Big Tech

The encrypted messaging app Telegram has moved ahead of Facebook’s messenger feature to become the second most popular messaging app in the world.

Telegram still trails WhatsApp, a company that is now owned by Facebook, but is rapidly gaining market share for offering a pro-privacy alternative that respects free speech far more than its Big Tech rivals.

As a result, Meta, the parent company for Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, is stealing features from Telegram and implementing them on their platforms in an attempt to stay relevant in the evolving social media landscape.

Big League Politics has reported on the rapid growth of the Telegram app as users grow tired of the restrictive nature of the Big Tech monopolies:

The encrypted communications app Telegram has surpassed 500 million active users, the platform announced on Tuesday.

“In the first week of January, Telegram surpassed 500 million monthly active users. After that it kept growing: 25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone. These new users came from across the globe – 38% from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA,” wrote Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram.

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