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Telegram hits 100mn MAU’s, backs Apple on encryption

Telegram hits 100mn MAU’s, backs Apple on encryption

Telegram, the cloud based instant messaging application, known for its security features has surpassed 100 million users, Pavel Durov one of the company’s co-founder announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC).

According to Bloomberg, the service currently conveying 15 billion messages a day, up from 12 billion in September, Durov said. The company said in a blog post, it now has more than 100,000,000 monthly active users, while 350,000 new users sign up each day.

While the numbers are less than the 45 billion messages sent daily by the 1 billion people on Facebook’s rival messaging service WhatsApp, their “engagement” was more than four times greater, said Durov.

“I would side with Tim Cook on this,” he said of the Apple chief executive officer. “You cannot make encryption secure for everyone except terrorists. If Apple is forced to work on technology that would unlock iPhones protected by passcode that would increase the risk of privacy breaches and violations for hundreds of millions of iPhone users.”

According to The Verge, Telegram’s focus has long been on privacy, and its founders have said they have little interest in profit, as they have committed to keep the platform ad-free.Durov told The Financial Times,”society in each country has to decide whether they want to make this trade-off, between privacy and what is perceived as high security and lower risk of terrorism.”

Copyright Business Recorder, 2016

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