The encrypted messaging app (*25*) has registered 25 million new customers in the previous 72 hours, its Russia-born founder Pavel Durov stated Tuesday, on the heels of WhatsApp saying a change to its privateness phrases.
Durov, 36, stated on his (*25*) channel that the app had over 500 million month-to-month lively customers in the primary weeks of January and “25 million new customers joined (*25*) in the final 72 hours alone”.
The surge in downloads comes after WhatsApp, which boasts over two billion customers, launched controversial adjustments to its privateness situations that can enable it to share extra information with its dad or mum firm Fb.
“Folks now not wish to trade their privateness without cost providers,” Durov stated with out immediately referring to the rival app.
WhatsApps’s new phrases sparked criticism as customers outdoors Europe who don’t settle for the brand new situations earlier than February 8 will probably be reduce off from the messaging app.
(*25*) is a well-liked social media platform in various international locations, significantly in the previous Soviet Union and Iran, and is used each for personal communications and sharing info and information.
Durov on Tuesday stated (*25*) has turn into the “largest refuge” for these searching for a personal and safe communications platform and warranted new customers that his staff “takes this duty very severely”.
(*25*) was based in 2013 by brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov, who additionally based Russia’s social media community VKontakte.
(*25*) refuses to cooperate with authorities and handover encryption keys, which resulted in its ban in a number of international locations, together with Russia.
Final yr, Russia introduced that it’ll raise its ban on the messenger app after greater than two years of unsuccessful makes an attempt to dam it.
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