Telegram hits 500 million active users amid WhatsApp backlash

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Telegram hits 500 million active users amid WhatsApp backlash

Telegram is experiencing a surge of new users as many WhatsApp users reconsider their loyalty to the Facebook-owned chat platform. 

On Tuesday, Telegram sent users a message saying the service has surpassed 500 million active users, with 25 million new users joining in the past 72 hours alone. 

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Telegram CEO and founder Pavel Durov is also known as the founder of Russian social networking site VK, which he left in 2014 after seemingly clashing with Russian authorities over keeping customer data private. 

On Tueday, Durov shared a little more data regarding Telegram's recent milestone. Read more...

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